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Poland backs Franco-German 'European Security Council' plan

  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, right, welcomes Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, left, in front of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, center, prior their working session of the one-day meeting during the 25th anniversary of the Weimar Triangle at the Ettersburg castle near Weimar, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The Weimar Triangle brings together Germany, France and Poland and was established in the German city of Weimar in 1991. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, right, welcomes Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, left, in front of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, center, prior their working session of the one-day meeting during the 25th anniversary of the Weimar Triangle at the Ettersburg castle near Weimar, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The Weimar Triangle brings together Germany, France and Poland and was established in the German city of Weimar in 1991. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, talks with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, center, and Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, left, prior their working session of the one-day meeting during the 25th anniversary of the Weimar Triangle at the Ettersburg castle near Weimar, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The Weimar Triangle brings together Germany, France and Poland and was established in the German city of Weimar in 1991. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, pool)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, talks with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, center, and Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, left, prior their working session of the one-day meeting during the 25th anniversary of the Weimar Triangle at the Ettersburg castle near Weimar, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The Weimar Triangle brings together Germany, France and Poland and was established in the German city of Weimar in 1991. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, pool)  (The Associated Press)

Poland's foreign minister has lent his support to a Franco-German proposal for a European Security Council.

The idea was floated by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in June to address internal and external security and defense issues facing the European Union.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Wszczykowski backed the idea in a joint statement issued Sunday at a meeting with Steinmeier and Ayrault in the German town of Weimar.

The ministers met on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the so-called Weimar Triangle grouping comprising the three countries.

They also called for a "more flexible European Union" that reflects the different ambitions for greater integration within the 28-nation bloc.

Britain, which voted recently to leave the EU, had long opposed further integration.