WARSAW, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Polish and Belgian foreign ministers met on Tuesday to discuss issues including the future of the European Union (EU) and the upcoming presidential elections in France.
"A few months ago, in January, I met a couple of presidential candidates among whom was Mrs. Le Pen. When I heard her opinion regarding the current situation in Europe I realized that it is not what we fight for. We did not wish each other success as usual," said Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski during a press conference after the meeting with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders.
However, he reminded that it will be up to the French people who they will elect as the next president.
Reynders expressed his faith that Le Pen's victory "can be avoided," saying "I do not think that it is possible."
He also hinted that both countries should come up with plans for future EU reform. "We might have differing opinions on a series of issues but we have to think how to improve the European Union," said Reynders.
Reynders singled out common security policy, increase of employment rate and immigration issues as fields in which cooperation is possible.
The two ministers also touched upon the issue of the rights of Polish and Belgian citizens in the UK after the country leaves the European Union.
Waszczykowski said that the British government assured him that they can enjoy similar rights as the British living on the European continent. He added that the Polish side will do everything to improve the situation of Polish citizens living in the UK.
They also talked about upcoming elections in many EU countries, the directions of future reforms of the Community, current migrant crisis and transatlantic relations.