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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Polish-US presidential meeting may be a breakthrough

Chief of the Cabinet of the President Krzysztof Szczerski, after talks at the White House, expressed hope that the planned meeting of Polish and US presidents on June 12 will be of a "breakthrough nature" for Polish efforts to increase the USA's military engagement in Poland.


"There is a great chance that in June we will be able to hear from the presidents their decisions about the form and type of this increased presence of US troops in Poland," Krzysztof Szczerski told Polish media correspondents on Tuesday after leaving the White House.


Chief of the Cabinet of the President met with representatives of the National Security Council at the White House, including with Charles Kupperman, deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump.


Minister Szczerski announced that the negotiations conducted by the working groups of the Pentagon and Poland's Ministry of National Defence on increasing the US military presence in Poland "are at the culminating point." He stipulated, however, that the final decision "will belong to the presidents of Poland and the United States."


Krzysztof Szczerski aide did not rule out that the visit of the Polish president to the United States will result in signing not only an agreement on the increased presence of US troops in Poland, but also on other currently negotiated agreements.


He also said that President Duda will renew an invitation for President Trump to visit Poland in September for the observances of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. "I think there is a serious chance of it," he added.


The June Duda-Trump meeting will be the Polish president's second visit to the White House over the last ten months. The two presidents met on September 18, 2018, during Duda's working visit to the United States. The leaders signed a declaration on strategic cooperation between the two countries.


Before Tuesday talks at the National Security Council, the presidential minister addressed a conference devoted to the Three Seas Initiative, promoting regional cooperation among 12 countries situated between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas. The session, organised by the German Marshall Fund, a US think-tank, was attended by Kevin A. Hassett, chairman of the council of economic advisers to the US president.


Chief of the Cabinet of the Presiden also talked with US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker.


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