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  • 7 June 2018

    Talks in the United States were aimed at ensuring progress during the NATO summit in Brussels this coming July, and deepening bilateral and regional cooperation.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki held talks with Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, Special Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia at the National Security Council Richard Hooker, and Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs Robert Karem. 

     

    Deputy Minister Cichocki and members of the US administration discussed prospects for Poland-US bilateral cooperation, the importance of the Polish-American alliance on the eve of the NATO summit in Brussels in July, and security developments in Central and Eastern Europe. The interlocutors agreed that security and defence cooperation in the bilateral dimension and within NATO is key given current challenges. In this context, they highlighted the issue of increasing US military presence across NATO’s eastern flank, including Poland. Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was also an important topic raised with Under Secretary Thompson.

     

    “My talks with the American administration have confirmed that Poland and the United States agree on most issues: from security and defence, to cooperation within the Three Seas Initiative, to energy security and the way we assess Russia’s policy,” Deputy Minister Cichocki told Polish journalists. “Moreover, the officials I spoke to share our view that NATO security calls for a new quality of US military presence in Central Europe. We will continue to hold talks about our proposal for a permanent deployment of a US division in Poland,” he added.

     

    While in Washington, Deputy Minister Bartosz Cichocki participated in a conference entitled “From Warsaw to Bucharest: The Way Forward for the Three Seas Initiative,” co-hosted by the Polish Institute of International Affairs and The German Marshall Fund of the United States. In his remarks, Poland’s deputy foreign policy chief pointed to the opportunities the Three Seas Initiative creates for American and European businesses, and the initiative’s role in making the European Union more competitive.

     

    “The Three Seas Initiative benefits all. It enhances the stability and competitiveness of the European Union. It also offers NATO and the EU a cooperation mechanism to develop transport infrastructure, which is equally important from the economic and defence perspectives,” Deputy Minister Cichocki stressed in his speech.

     

    On the third day of his visit, the MFA undersecretary of state met with Sara Bloomfield, Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, to discuss the Polish-Israeli dialogue on the Anti-Defamation Law and cooperation in commemorating the history of the Holocaust.

     

    Accompanied by Kaja Mirecka-Ploss, Jan Karski’s longstanding friend, the deputy minister laid flowers at the grave of the Polish Underground courier. 

     

    MFA Press Office

     

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