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  • 25 April 2017

    During his visit to the United States, MFA Secretary of State Jan Dziedziczak has opened an honorary consulate in Akron, Ohio. Maria Szonert-Binienda was appointed Poland’s honorary consul.

    The opening ceremony, which was attended by the new honorary consul in Akron Maria Szonert-Binienda, took place at the Polish-American Cultural Centre in Cleveland, Ohio. The deputy MFA chief took this opportunity to meet with local Polish community members.


    Jan Dziedziczak also visited the University of Akron’s scientific laboratory, where he talked to scientists of the College of Engineering. The meeting’s participants included scholars who are investigating the cause and course of the Smolensk crash, such as Prof Craig Menzemer, Prof Wiesław Binienda, and Prof Jack Braun.


    Deputy Minister Dziedziczak also met with several local administration officials, including Daniel Horrigain, Mayor of Akron, and Tom Perciak, Mayor of Strongsville, a town which has a sizable Polish community. The talks focused on the state of and prospects for cooperation between the state of Ohio and Poland.

    The opening of the consulate was the high point of Deputy Minister Dziedziczak’s visit to the United States, which lasted for several days. In the United States, the Polish deputy minister also travelled to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he attended commemorations of the 77th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre, and the 7th anniversary of the Smolensk crash.

    MFA Press Office

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