“Nigeria is one of Poland’s major African partners and our cooperation has been developing harmoniously,” said Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Kacperczyk at a meeting with Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. The meeting was held in Warsaw on 23 May.
The Nigerian foreign minister has come to Warsaw at the invitation of the Community of Democracies whose two-year presidency Nigeria will assume in mid-2015. Both Poland and Nigeria are active members of the Community, which has a permanent Secretariat in Warsaw. “While our links with many African countries are mainly economic, with Nigeria we also enjoy excellent co-operation in the Community of Democracies,” emphasised Deputy Minister Kacperczyk.
The Community of Democracies is an intergovernmental coalition of democratic states whose goal is to support democracy and strengthen democratic standards and institutions around the world. The Community was launched in 2000 at a ministerial conference in Warsaw. It was a joint initiative by Professor Bronisław Geremek, former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State.