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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

President: Polish-US partnership based on common interests

  |   Observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations Observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations Observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations Observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations Observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations Observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations Observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations

Polish-American partnership bases on common interests, President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter to participants in Wednesday's observations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations.

 

In his letter, Duda also recalled that the US was among the first countries to recognise Poland as an independent state in 1919.

 

"One hundred years after those events, we can boast a strong Polish-American partnership based on common interests and inseverable trans-Atlantic ties," the president wrote.

Duda remarked that the Polish-US partnership was most evident in security. In this context, he highlighted that Poland has been a NATO member for two decades, and that during this time Polish troops have served side by side with US forces on various NATO peace operations.

 

"This is most visible in the security sphere. Poland has been a NATO member for two decades, and our soldiers have served and still serve on peace missions side by side with their American brothers-in-arms," Duda wrote.

 

Duda also mentioned rising Polish-US ties in economy and energy, and appraised the overall condition of bilateral relations as "very good and very concrete."

 

"The Polish-American alliance is a realistic alliance," he wrote.

 

In his address at the gala, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recalled America's support for Poland's independence ambitions, and thanked the American people for "many centuries of friendship."

 

Commenting on Washington's part in the 1989 overthrow of communism in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, Morawiecki stressed that Poles at the time received strong support from the US.

 

"I remember that (...) when we took our first steps towards freedom in the 1980s and 1990s, America always stood as our great and magnificent friend," Morawiecki said. He added that Poles felt strong gratitude to former US President Ronald Reagan, whose Soviet policy considerably enhanced the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Morawiecki stressed that the Polish-US alliance was not aimed against anyone, but was "an alliance for the free world, for peace."

 

Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz recounted that the US played an instrumental role in Poland's return to independent statehood after 123 years under partition. In this context, he especially mentioned then US President Woodrow Wilson, whose speeches before the American Congress helped in the restoration of Poland's independence.

 

US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher said she admired Poland for being the first country to bring down the Iron Curtain, and stressed that Polish-US ties were inseverable and broader than the NATO platform. Mosbacher thanked Morawiecki for his efforts to cement ties between Poland and the US, and stressed that Polish and American soldiers were prepared to die for freedom.

 

The gala was hosted by the American Center Warsaw.(PAP)

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