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Monday, 16 July 2007

President Kaczyński in the United States

On 15th July 2007 before noon Warsaw time President Lech Kaczyński left for a working visit in the United States of America. The President is accompanied by Mrs Maria Kaczyńska as well as ministers in the President’s Chancellery: Elżbieta Jakubiak – Chief of Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Poland, Maciej Łopiński, Lena Dąbkowska-Cichocka and Władysław Stasiak, Head of National Security Bureau.

On Monday, the 16th of July President Kaczyński met with US President George Bush. After the meeting the Presidents gave statements to the media. President Kaczyński said:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, very briefly – President George W. Bush spoke here about the subject of our talks. The matter of visas – I hope – is developing in the right direction, however this largely is up to the US Congress. In other words it depends on the law, which in the United States is firm and difficult to change due to the nature of the legislative process, but let us hope that very positive changes will take place here. A considerable part of our discussion was taken by the question of the Missile Defence system. In this respect together with the President we emphasised that it is a defensive weapon with respect to those regimes, which are seen to be irresponsible and which today have or in the future will have nuclear arms (today it is likely that they have such arms), but this is about countries in the very far East and they may, like Iran, have nuclear weapons. We also spoke about other forms of cooperation, which could enhance our mutual relations, also in NATO. This matter will be discussed further today on the level of national security advisors, this function in Poland being performed by the Head of the National Security Bureau, on the level of defence ministers i.e. the US Secretary of Defence and the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Poland as well as on the level of experts. This is all; the talks will continue".

There was also a separate meeting of the Presidential Spouses.

In the evening local time the President met at a formal dinner with representatives of the US Congress and US Administration. The President also awarded orders, conferred by virtue of the decision of 13th July 2007 to US and Polish citizens for their meritorious work for Poland and for development of Polish-US relations. Following persons were awarded:

With the GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER OF THE REBIRTH OF POLAND

Mr Hilary Koprowski

With the GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Mr Casimir Lenard

With the COMMANDER’S CROSS WITH STAR OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Mr Charles Timothy Hagel
Mr Bruce Pitcairn Jackson
Mr Julian Kulski
Mr Carl Levin
Mr Richard Green Lugar
Mr George Pratt Schultz

With the COMMANDER’S CROSS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Mr Julian Starostecki

With the OFFICER’S CROSS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Mr Robert Comegys Laning
Mr Ryszard Spencer Michalski

With the CAVALIER’S CROSS OF THE ORDER OF MERIT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Ms Carolyn Topor
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