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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

President thanks US-based compatriots for helping Poland join NATO

  |   President Andrzej Duda was speaking to US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda was speaking to US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda was speaking to US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda was speaking to US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda was speaking to US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda was speaking to US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda met with US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda met with US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda met with US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda met with US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda decorated prominent US-based Polish activists President Andrzej Duda decorated prominent US-based Polish activists President Andrzej Duda met with US-based compatriots in Wallington President Andrzej Duda decorated prominent US-based Polish activists

Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday paid tribute to America's Polish diaspora, saying it helped Poland join NATO, attract American military presence and charm US President Donald Trump.

 

Andrzej Duda was speaking to US-based compatriots in Wallington, New Jersey.

 

See also: President's aide: Polish and US Presidents' speeches resonated at UN forum The president thanked for the invitation and friendly welcome in "this arguably half-Polish town".

 

The head of state said he was always pleased to meet America's Polish diaspora and expressed heartfelt regards from the US President, which was met with applause.

 

 

 

President Duda underlined that ever since his first telephone conversation with Trump, through meetings in Brussels and the "splendid visit" in Warsaw, up to the brief exchanges at the United Nations on Tuesday, the US President "always underlines, including in public statements, his great appreciation and respect for us as a nation".

 

The two presidents had a courteous conversation on Tuesday at a reception laid out by Donald Trump for those taking part in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

 

The Polish president said his US counterpart would always emphasise he was "moved by his meeting with the Polish diaspora during the presidential election, knew America's Polish community had voted for him in overwhelming numbers and was very grateful for their support".

 

Andrzej Duda said America's Polish people, by winning the admiration of the US president, had promoted the old country's interests in an "exemplary" way, just as they had done in the past, when Poland sought to join NATO or, more recently, to secure the presence of American troops in the country.

 

"I can safely say you are representing our interests", he stated.

 

The president also encouraged the diaspora to get involved in next year's ceremonies to mark 100 years since Poland regained independence, "by visiting Poland if you can", but also "by organising various commemorative events in places where you live".

 

See also: President Duda and UN Secretary General talk peacekeeping goals President Duda also revealed he was planning to visit Chicago next year, while his stayings in New York would be more frequent, "now that we have been elected as a member of the UN Security Council for 2018-19, which undoubtedly boosts the prestige of our country".

 

 

During the meeting, Wallington Mayor Mark Tomko presented the president with the keys to the town, pointing out more than a half of its residents declared Polish roots.

 

Andrzej Duda also decorated prominent US-based Polish activists, while he himself received a medal commemorating the Polish diaspora's contribution to the American military effort in World War I.

 

One of the laureates, Fr Andrzej Ostaszewski, who was awarded with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, said President Duda "listens to the voice of the Diaspora", while his election was "a miracle", similar to the result of "the recent American presidential election". (PAP)

 

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