Witold Waszczykowski, who took office on Monday, told public television that “hundreds of thousands of Syrians have come to Europe recently. We can help them form an army.” He said the refugees could be gainfully employed in this way, training to “liberate their country with our help.”
The foreign minister said he is trying to avoid a situation where European soldiers are sent to fight in Syria while “hundreds of thousands of Syrians drink their coffee in [Berlin’s] Unter den Linden” boulevard, or in other European cities.
Waszczykowski’s Sunday comments came just one day after he stated that Europe needed to “approach in a different fashion the Muslim community living in Europe which hates this continent and wishes to destroy it.”
On Saturday, Poland’s incoming European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymanski said the country was no longer considering an EU plan to redistribute refugees among member nations, after a Syrian passport was found at the scene of one of the Paris attacks. The passport reportedly belonged to a Syrian asylum seeker who entered Europe via Greece in October.
The Paris attacks, which killed 129 people and wounded 352 others on Friday, were the worst assaults on French soil since World War II.