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Monday, 2 June 2014

President Barack Obama to meet with Polish President in Warsaw

Presidents B. Komorowski and B. Obama in Warsaw, May 2011.

Presidents B. Komorowski and B. Obama in Warsaw, May 2011.

U.S. President Barack Obama's two-day visit to Poland will include meetings with President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Central-Eastern European leaders as well as a speech in Warsaw's Zamkowy Square.


President Obama will be in Warsaw to attend the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first partly free elections in Poland after World War II. He will be accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.


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After the official welcome at Warsaw's Okecie Airport on Tuesday morning the two presidents will meet with Polish and American pilots of F-16 aircraft, according to the Polish president's website.


Following talks between the two presidents later in the morning, a press conference will be held at 12:30 p.m.


According to Ben Rhodes, the U.S. deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, the U.S.-Polish alliance is crucial for transatlantic relations and forms the foundation of U.S. support not only for the Poles but also other allies from Eastern Europe.


The U.S. president will speak with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Tuesday afternoon.


At 3 p.m. Presidents Komorowski and Obama will host a meeting with the presidents of Central and Eastern European countries.


The main event of President Obama's Warsaw visit will be a speech delivered on Wednesday as part of the main celebration of the 25th anniversary of Poland's historic elections of June 4, 1989.


Also on Wednesday, Obama is due to meet with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.


Besides military, economic, scientific and technological bilateral cooperation and the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales, Presidents Komorowski and Obama will discuss the U.S. presence in Central Europe, according to the Polish president's aide Roman Kuzniar.


Another issue under discussion will be the problem of "how to classify and define new trends in Russia's policies," Kuzniar said.


The situation in Ukraine is another topic the presidents will discuss. In President Komorowski's view, "Ukraine's success is fundamental for the geopolitical future of our region," Kuzniar said.


"President Komorowski will talk to (President Obama) about two kinds of U.S. commitment he wants to encourage regarding Ukraine: (measures aimed at) protecting it from various Russian attempts at destabilisation and, secondly, supporting Ukraine in the initial period so that its reforms start working," Kuzniar explained.


This will be the second Polish visit by the U.S. president. Obama was in Poland on May 27-28, 2011. (PAP, own information)


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