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  • 19 September 2018

    The president thanked Poles living in the US for their committment to Poland and Polishness, and added that "historical and modern achievements of the Polish diaspora are the pride of both nations."

     

    "There is agreement on both sides of the Atlantic that the time has come to add a new quality to the Polish-US military presence in Poland," the Polish President said in Washington on Tuesday night.

     

    "I hope that my talks with President Donald Trump will soon bring about the first effects, as far as this matter is concerned," President Andrzej Duda added during a reception hosted by the Polish ambassador to the US, Piotr Wilczek, to mark Poland's centenary of regaining independence.

     

    Earlier on Tuesday, President Andrzej Duda met at the White House with US President Donald Trump.

     

    Addressing the meeting hosted by the ambassador, President Duda stressed that "the decisions taken by the Warsaw NATO summit in 2016, after the Russian aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, were a true breakthrough as far as the sense of security of Poland and our region are concerned."

     

    The president went on to say that a NATO combat group was stationed in Poland thanks to these decisions and underlined that "the Polish-US partnership was especially visible against this background."

     

    The Polish head of state emphasised that Poland would increase its own defence abilities owing to its army modernisation. "A deal for the purchase of the US Patriot anti-missile system is the largest armament contract in the history of the Polish army," he stressed.

     

    President Duda underlined that Poland and the US "have always been united by fundamental values, the same ideals of freedom, the same concern for a common good, respect for human subjectivity, parliamentarism and the democratic control of power."

     

    "The more difficult our experiences were, the greater was the strength of Polish-US friendship and solidarity," he stressed.

     

    The president thanked Poles living in the US for their committment to Poland and Polishness, and added that "historical and modern achievements of the Polish diaspora are the pride of both nations."

     

    "We are proud of the achievements of the Polish diaspora in the US. We are happy that Poles living in the US set a beautiful example of energy and creativity, at the same time maintaining ties with Poland," he went on to say.

     

    Referring to next year's 20th anniversary of Poland's NATO membership, President Duda said that "Poles could feel safer today as, for two decades, our country has been protected by an alliance shield. And Poland has also been making a strong contribution to international security and stability," he emphasised.

     

    "There is no independent (Poland) without a strong, competitive economy, (...) without energy security," President Duda added.

     

    "That is why we have been launching large investments, including the already completed President Lech Kaczyński LNG terminal in Poland's north-western city of Świnoujście or projects launched by the Polish Orlen oil company. We have been doing this not only for Poland, but also for the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe," he concluded. (PAP/KG)

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