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  • 18 April 2017

    On Wednesday Polish MFA chief Witold Waszczykowski starts his first official visit to Washington since Donald Trump became President, the head of the MFA Press Office Jakub Wawrzyniak told PAP.

    According to Mr. Wawrzyniak, the Polish minister will meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday. The agenda of the visit which ends on Thursday also includes, among others, talks with President Trump’s advisors and representatives of the leading Washington think tanks.  

     

    According to the declarations of the head of the MFA Press Office, Minister Waszczykowski plans to brief the American side on Poland’s priorities. The aim of the visit is also to discuss the prospects of allied cooperation within NATO and bilateral cooperation in such matters as security, economy, energy, and innovation.

     

    Minister Waszczykowski informed TVP1 last week that during his talks to Secretary Tillerson in Washington he intends to raise subjects such as the investigation into the Smolensk plane crash, including Polish efforts to recover the Tu-154M wreckage from Russia. “I will definitely expound the Smolensk crash issue and our diplomatic battles to return the wreckage and I will ask for assistance,” he underscored.

     

    In his announcement to PAP, Mr. Wawrzyniak stressed that the visit of the head of Polish diplomacy to the United States “proves the high intensity of political dialogue” between our countries in the context of “the particular challenges to regional security of Central and Eastern Europe.”

     

    Minister Waszczykowski’s previous visit to the United States took place in the second half of March; its main objective was to participate in the meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS and the promotion of the Polish bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2018-2019.

     

    The Polish and US chiefs of diplomacy spoke on the phone in early March. According to the Polish MFA, Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed “the durability of transatlantic ties, allied obligations, and US commitment to bolstering the security of Europe and our region.”

     

    Source: PAP

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