Addressing Poles living in Texas, President Andrzej Duda declared in Houston on Thursday that "we have been modernising our state and we want Poland to be a country which takes care of its citizens and where they feel safe."
On Thursday evening, local time, President Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, started a two-day visit to Texas. Their meeting with Poles at a local church was attended by the head of the President's Office, Krzysztof Szczerski, the government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, the health minister, Lukasz Szumowski, and Poland's Ambassador to the US Piotr Wilczek.
The president stressed that the point was for Poland's citizens "to have a prosperous life and be granted assistance when necessary."
Referring to the current situation of Poles and Poland, Duda described the recent 30 years as a special time "during which an independent and truly sovereign Poland has been being built." He also emphasised that Poland was the fastest-developing country in Europe.
The president underlined that living standards in Poland "have recently improved" and referred to the introduction of pro-family programmes, including the 500 Plus child benefits scheme. He also mentioned projects aimed at ensuring more security, like the agreement on the increased presence of US soldiers in Poland and more deliveries of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Poland.
"These are the fundamental things for me, since they show whether a state is a modern state or not. This is what we want Poland to look like, and this the kind of Poland we have been building," he declared.
Speaking about relations with US President Donald Trump, Duda stressed that their talks "concerned Polish affairs and common interests."
"(...) We reach agreements, sign documents and agreed upon matters are implemented quickly," he underlined, adding he was talking about LNG deliveries, among other things.
"We need gas from the US at a good price, and it will surely be delivered. (...) We have to diversify resources," he said.
The Polish head of state emphasised that Poland's relations with the US have been growing more dynamically. "And we owe this also to President Donald Trump. He is a man who wishes Poland well," he went on to say.
Concluding his speech, President Duda expressed his hope that "Poland will continue to develop and that it will gradually become one of the strongest states in Europe." (PAP)