Polish Civilization’s Historical Ties with Iran

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski hailed Iran’s historical importance for Poland, and underscored that Tehran is an important political and economic partner for the European country, “an important state in an important region.”

Here’s IFP’s coverage of the Polish FM’s remarks, as reported from KhabarOnline.


Iran, apart from not being a country that creates global problems, also plays a significant role in settling international issues, Waszczykowski said in a press conference after signing a document with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Warsaw on Sunday night, May 29.

Referring to the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme signed last July, whose implementation ended almost 10 years of international sanctions against Tehran, the Polish Foreign Minister said he was happy that after years of marginalisation, “The country [Iran] is returning as an important partner, an important player and as a country that will have an impact on positive solutions to the international situation.”

Before the press conference, both ministers signed an agreement on political consultation, which – according to Waszczykowski – could open “a new stage of political, as well as economic and cultural cooperation,” and will contribute to closer Polish-Iranian relations.

Both ministers also emphasized the existing historical ties between the two countries, such as the memory of Poles who took refuge in Iran during WWII.

Waszczykowski noted that the histories of Poland and Iran “met” at the turn of the 1970s and 1980s, “when our two countries opposed foreign domination,” and again in 1989, when Iran and Poland both embarked on the road to social and economic change.

The Polish FM went on to further highlight the roles Iran had played in helping the development of the Polish civilization.