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Monday, 7 January 2019

Greetings to the participants of the NBA Polish Heritage Night

President Andrzej Duda

Greetings from the President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Andrzej Duda to the participants of the NBA Polish Heritage Night


Good evening Los Angeles! Good evening to the fans!


I am sending you my warm greetings directly from the capital of Poland: from Warsaw. I would like to welcome everyone to the next edition of the NBA Polish Heritage Night which this time takes place in California, in the Staples Center Los Angeles. Many thanks to Marcin Gortat, who with admirable commitment has been tirelessly promoting Poland and his beloved sport discipline: basketball among millions of young people around the world.


Poland and the United States have always had special ties of friendship, cooperation and solidarity. Today, Polish-American relations are better than ever before, and we will continue to develop them. We have been allies within NATO for 20 years. We have proved on many occasions that we can rely on each other. My greetings go to the veteran soldiers gathered among you. Thank you for your dedication to your Home Country.


May this evening be an unforgettable experience for you. I wish to offer my warmest thanks to the Polish American community, the Polonia. Each and every meeting with you is very important to me. Especially last year's great national gathering in Chicago on the centenary of regaining our independence was a remarkable experience. I really want to meet with you on the West Coast as well. Maybe this year? Keep your fingers crossed!


Once again, I congratulate Marcin Gortat on this beautiful initiative. My cordial greetings to all of you!

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