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  • 28 February 2018

    MFA Undersecretary of State Marek Magierowski paid a three-day visit to Washington. He met with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, members of the US Congress, and representatives of major Jewish organizations in the United States.

    With his counterpart at the Department of State Wess Mitchell, Deputy Minister Magierowski discussed prospects for developing cooperation, the importance of Poland-US alliance, especially in the fields of security and defence, and controversies surrounding the amended law on the Institute of National Remembrance.

     

    The deputy foreign minister also held talks with members of the US Congress: deputy leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D–Wisconsin), Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-Illinois), and member of the Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism Nita M. Lowey (D-NY). The talks covered bilateral relations, the Polish-Jewish relationship, security developments in Central and Eastern Europe, including energy security in connection with the Nord Stream 2 project, and the amended law on the Institute of National Remembrance.

     

    High on the visit’s agenda were meetings with representatives of major Jewish organizations in the US, such as the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ), B’nai B’rith, the American Jewish Congress (AJC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), which have been critical of the amended anti-defamation law. The interlocutors expressed their hope that “controversies will be resolved in a manner that is satisfactory to the parties concerned.”

     

    Talking to Polish journalists, the deputy foreign minister expressed his confidence that the visit helped to clarify the misunderstandings and inaccuracies which emerged in the wake of the amended law on the Institute of National Remembrance. “I hope that after our talks, representatives of the administration, media, and Jewish communities will better understand the intentions of the Polish parliament, government and President,” he said. “I also tried to elucidate the historical background which can be obscure to our American partners,” he added. The deputy minister also emphasized that he pays close attention to the arguments raised by the American side. “The defence of Poland’s good name across the world, in particular in the United States, our important ally, carries great weight,” he concluded.

     

     

    MFA Press Office

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