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Monday, 8 January 2018

The President of Poland sends an occasional telegram to the President of the United States

President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Andrzej Duda sends an occasional telegram

to the President of the United States of America Mr. Donald Trump to mark

the Centenary of President Woodrow Wilson’s Plan for Peace “The Fourteen Points”

 

Dear Mr. President,

 

We have entered the year 2018 which for the Republic of Poland is a particular one: on November 11, Poland is going to celebrate the centenary of regaining independence.


In this connection, the day January 8, 1918, has a symbolic dimension to us. Precisely one hundred years ago, President  Woodrow Wilson announced his Plan for Peace: ”The Fourteen Points” to the international order nascent after World War 1. For my country, point 13 was the most valid one, it provided for the creation of an independent Polish state “which should be assured a free and secure access to the sea whose political and economic independence and territorial integrity should be guaranteed by international covenant.” This declaration has been seen by all Polish people, back then and now, as a landmark event on the way to regaining our sovereignty after 123 years of enslavement.

 

The political concept presented by the American leader one hundred years ago relied on two values, equally close to our two respective Nations; that of equality among states: big and small alike, and of their indisputable right to self-determination. The friendship forged between the Polish and the American Nation, founded on those two values, continues until today. In this vein, particular satisfaction can be derived from our strategic partnership which is growing dynamically, with its broad scope yielding tangible benefits to the whole region of Central Europe.

 

Recalling this special historic occasion, as much as the excellent shape of our bilateral relations between Poland and the United States of America, I wish you, Mr. President, all success throughout the New Year, and I look forward to meeting you soon,

 

                                                                 With kind regards,

                Andrzej Duda

President of the Republic of Poland

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