Polish deputy foreign minister meets ambassadors of Muslim countries

WARSAW, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Boguslaw Winid has met with the heads of diplomatic missions of Muslim countries accredited in Poland on the occasion of Ramadan, the Polish Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Friday.

Addressing the ambassadors, Winid stressed that the Muslim community, present in Poland for over 600 years, plays an important role in shaping and maintaining the Polish tradition of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

The year 2014 also marks the 600th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Turkey and 540th anniversary of ties with Iran, he said. "These contacts have enriched our culture with numerous eastern accents, seen for example in traditional Polish costumes, horsemanship and the art of war" the minister continued.

Winid expressed satisfaction over the developing political, economic and cultural relations between Poland and the world of Islam, recalling the recent visit paid by President Bronislaw Komorowski to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey and the visit by Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in Iran.

Winid stressed that Poland is ready to share its experiences of political transition and the modernization of its economy with Muslim countries and to cooperate in the face of global and regional threats, challenges and conflicts.