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Friday, 8 July 2016

Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw

  |   Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) Polish and US presidents meet in Warsaw (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP)

The Warsaw NATO summit will show unity and will strengthen the Polish-U.S. partnership, Polish President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama who stressed that Poland was one of the most committed and important allies.


The 45-minute meeting of the Polish and U.S. presidents focused on strengthening the military presence on NATO's eastern flank and Brexit. President Obama voiced concern regarding the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland.


The Polish president expressed his hope that "the Warsaw summit will have a historic character and historic dimension."


Andrzej Duda explained that on the one hand, the point was to demonstrate unity and coherence regarding territorial security, solidarity and indivisibility within the North Atlantic Alliance, and stressed the importance of the fact that "we are speaking with one voice, that we are together."


"But on the other hand, this summit is significant as regards the construction of an ever-most strategic and robust partnership between Poland and the United States," the Polish president said.


"This partnership is there - it is materialising both in the economic dimension, where cooperation is going smoothly, but recently, it has also materialised as regards military cooperation, namely, joint construction of the security zone. And for that, we are grateful to Mr. President and the United States," President Duda went on.


The Polish president expressed his gratitude "for the understanding that security is where the strongest armed forces in the world are present," namely the armed forces of the United States.


President Duda said his conversation with President Obama also focused on "all important issues", including Brexit. "I am happy that President Obama has got a very clear position - namely that the UK will keep its position within the North Atlantic Alliance, because this is a crucial country and our extremely important partner. We would like that partner to strengthen its potential," Duda said.


President Duda added that the issue of migration was another subject of the meeting. "I told Mr. President that we are supporting in the spirit of solidarity the actions of the Allied armed forces also in the South by deploying our troops there, Polish F-16 aircraft and the Kosciuszko frigate."
President Duda also offered President Obama his condolences for the families of the police officers who died on duty in Dallas.


President Obama stressed that Poland would surely notice NATO's increased presence. "As treaty allies, we have a solemn, binding Article 5 duty to defend each other. And in this obligation, we will never waver. These are not just words - they are backed up by deeds," the U.S. president declared.
"In the United States, we consider Poland one of our most committed and important allies. Poland is a leader in NATO as one of the nations that pays its full share - 2 percent of GDP - for our collective security," President Obama stressed.


The U.S. president said that Poland was one of the pillars of the alliance's eastern flank participating in the defence system against ballistic missiles from countries like Iran, and offered thanks for Poland's participation in military missions, especially "for its new contributions to the campaign against the Islamic State."


The U.S. president thanked Poland for its continued strong support for Ukraine's efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression. He stressed it was very important to provide Ukraine with the assistance it needs to strengthen its military and to pursue political and economic reforms.


President Obama said that the United States and Poland were united in insisting that sanctions remain in place until Russia fully meets its obligations under the Minsk agreements.


The U.S. president also congratulated Poland on recently celebrating the 225th anniversary of its constitution - the oldest written constitution in Europe. "And this speaks to the long yearning of the Polish people for freedom and independence," he said. He stressed that after the Cold War, the rebirth of Polish democracy was an inspiration to people across Europe and around the world, including in America.


President Obama also said that he had expressed to President Duda his concerns over certain actions and the impasse around the Poland's Constitutional Tribunal.


"I insisted that we are very respectful of Poland's sovereignty, and I recognise that Parliament is working on legislation to take some important steps, but more work needs to be done," he stressed.


"And as your friend and ally, we've urged all parties to work together to sustain Poland's democratic institutions. That's what makes us democracies - not just by the words written in constitutions, or in the fact that we vote in elections - but the institutions we depend upon every day, such as rule of law, independent judiciaries, and a free press. These are, I know, values that the President cares about. These are values that are at the heart of our alliance," President Obama concluded. (PAP)

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