We must have a strong army ready to defend Poland at any time, said President Andrzej Duda when assuming the post of the supreme commander of the armed forces. The post is always held by the president of the day.
The president declared his readiness to cooperate with the Ministry of Defence in modernisation of the armed forces.
In his address to soldiers Andrzej Duda said that it was the duty of state authorities to modernise the army and supply it with the best possible weapons. "We are a member of NATO (...) but like every state with ambitions we must have a strong, effective and well-trained (own) army."
Address by President Andrzej Duda at the Józef Piłsudski Square
He vowed to cooperate with the Ministry of Defence. "I am convinced that Polish army will be equipped with weapons in agreement and fast, although this will require a large financial effort, but Poland is worth this effort and needs it," Andrzej Duda said.
Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak declared his and the government's readiness for cooperation with President Duda in matters of security and national defence. He said Poland's objective for next year's NATO summit in Warsaw to be hosted by President Duda was "to ensure NATO's and the US' permanent military presence in Poland.
Earlier Siemoniak introduced top military commanders to the new president. The open-air ceremony was also attended by PM Ewa Kopacz, Senate Speaker Bogdan Borusewicz and foreign military attaches accredited in Warsaw.(PAP)