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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Minister Szczerski: Polish-American alliance strong as ever

The Polish-American alliance is as strong as ever, we can talk about the prospects for the development of relations, head of the Polish President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski said after a meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wess Mitchell.


On Thursday, Minister Szczerski began a working visit to the US, where he will meet, among others, representatives of the US State Department.


After talks with Mitchell, he told reporters that it was a good hour-long conversation, and the message is singular - "the Polish-US alliance is as strong as ever".


"The strategic Polish-US alliance in the field of security, economic development, energy co-operation, economic co-operation that is sustainable, strong, very rich in content, is gaining new content, such as our membership of the Security Council, which also gives us new areas for co-operation, for Polish-American talks," said Krzysztof Szczerski.


He emphasised that all of these issues were discussed in detail. "They concerned Ukraine, Russia's policy, the NATO summit in Warsaw, this year's NATO summit in Brussels, Polish-American military co-operation and energy."


Minister Szczerski added that the parties have outlined areas in which they can discuss prospects for the development of Polish-American relations, about deepening the alliance. "We may speak about the development of Polish-US relations, about the deepening of those areas that are most important, i.e. NATO's presence in our region, the US military presence, the situation in the field of energy," added the minister.


He said the second issue that had been raised during the meeting was "differences of opinion on the evaluation of the law on the Institute of National Remembrance".


The minister stressed that opinions on the amended anti-defamation law are very critical in the US, but the decision to refer it to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal has calmed the situation. He also stressed that the discussion on the matter has no impact on the Polish-US alliance.


"These differences of opinion, this tension here is expressed by various milieus, but I want to say very clearly, discussion on this law has no influence on the Polish-US alliance, on diplomatic relations, does not affect official relations between our countries in any way," Minister Szczerski stressed.


He added that "the alliance's lasting elements are rich and stable", and that "dialogue is being continued in a natural and intact way."


From Washington, Minister Szczerski will go to New York, where on Friday he will discuss issues and plans related to Poland taking over, in May, chairmanship of the UN Security Council. (PAP)

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