Poland is diversifying its oil supply from around the world and that’s why Saudi Arabia is becoming an increasingly important partner, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Riyadh on Tuesday. He also pointed to agriculture, the arms industry, tourism and IT as areas of cooperation.
The head of the Polish government visited Riyadh on Tuesday, where he met with the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman. During a press conference later, Prime Minister Morawiecki indicated that his visit to Riyadh was part of a diplomatic offensive in that part of the world. He pointed out that President Andrzej Duda had met with the leaders of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in recent days.
– During this diplomatic offensive, we are presenting the Polish point of view. We are presenting in Saudi Arabia, in other countries of the Arabian Peninsula, how European challenges should be understood today,’ Morawiecki said.
The Prime Minister stressed that Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer and exporter in the world. As he added, it is able to stabilise the price of oil and be a supplier that is of great importance for countries that need to import oil like Poland.
Morawiecki also pointed out that Poland diversifies its oil supply from around the world.
– And for us, Saudi Arabia is becoming an increasingly important partner,” he stressed.
Morawiecki also emphasised the political role of Saudi Arabia in the context of its alliance with the United States.
– An alliance that stabilises this part of the world and at the same time is, one could say, a factor that strengthens the United States on the one hand and, on the other, the countries that, together with the United States, hand in hand, pursue a policy that is meant to ensure stability in our part of the world, in central Europe, in central Europe,’ the Prime Minister said.
In this context, he pointed out that during the conversation with the heir to the throne, the topic of Russian aggression in Ukraine was included. He stressed that Saudi Arabia had provided Ukraine with financial aid worth PLN 2 billion.
– ‘It is not possible for one country, a powerful country to invade its neighbour and pretend as if it were a military intervention, ordinary politics,’ Morawiecki said. – ‘I am very happy that our point of view, regardless of the fact that Russian-Ukrainian problems look different from the Polish or European perspective and different from the Arab perspective, or in other parts of the world, that nevertheless this perspective of ours is convincing leaders from all over the world,’ the head of the Polish government added.
The Prime Minister recalled the visit to Warsaw of US President Joe Biden.
– I discussed with President Biden how our point of view, the point of view of the free world towards what is happening in Ukraine, towards the Russian aggression, should be presented in other parts of the world,’ he said. – I am built up by this visit here,” Morawiecki stressed.
As he pointed out, in addition to the Saudi Arabian Prime Minister, his ministers also took part in a long discussion.
– We came to the conclusion that there are very many open fields of cooperation between Poland and Saudi Arabia, he added.
Morawiecki pointed out that Saudi Arabia is a country of enormous opportunities. A country – he said – that has a powerful accumulated capital.
– One of the largest so-called investment funds in the whole world, powerful corporations that want to invest their money earned from oil exports, but not only. Here a powerful field for cooperation opens up,” he assessed.
The head of the Polish government mentioned food security, among others, as an area for cooperation. He stressed that Poland is one of the largest food exporters in the European Union, and his words fell on fertile ground in Saudi Arabia.
– This is where Polish farmers, Polish agricultural entrepreneurs, agricultural processing can find their outlet,” said the Prime Minister. – ‘I am convinced that today these gates for the export of Polish agriculture have certainly been opened wider in Saudi Arabia,’ he stressed.