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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

President hopes US visit helps boost bilateral ties

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President Andrzej Duda told a press briefing in Washington on Wednesday that he hoped his commencing US visit will help intensify Polish-US relations. He added that he also hoped US President Donald Trump will pay a return visit to Poland.


Speaking with reporters hours before his meeting with Trump, Andrzej Duda said he was pleased to be the first state leader invited to the US after a period of suspension in international political visits due to the coronavirus epidemic.


Andrzej Duda said he hoped his visit will help intensify Poland's relations with the US, and observed that the coronavirus epidemic has given a "new perspective" to international cooperation.


He also pointed out that because Poland is an EU member, his invitation to the US is also "an invitation for Europe and the EU," and a sign that the US is willing to intensify Euroatlantic ties. He added that he was willing to aid that process throughout.


Andrzej Duda said his meeting with Trump showed that Polish-US relations were on a high level. He said the talks will focus on cooperation in the military, economic, energy and cyber-security spheres, as well as energy security and telecommunications.


Also discussed will be work on a coronavirus vaccine and the possible enlargement of Polish-stationed US forces in light of Trump's recent announcement about the withdrawal of 9,500 US soldiers from Germany, he added.


Andrzej Duda also expressed hope for a return visit by President Trump to Poland.


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