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Saturday, 4 April 2009

The President at the NATO summit


On Saturday morning, the leaders of NATO member states participating in the jubilee summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation crossed the pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Rhine that joins German Kehl and French Strasbourg.

Lech Kaczyński walked at the front, next to the American President, Barack Obama, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

On the German side, the leaders were greeted by the co-host of the summit, Angela Merkel. The leaders then crossed the bridge to meet the person who was to greet them on the French side – Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President.

This was done to symbolise the return of France to the command structures of NATO which the country left in 1966 on the basis of a decision by the former French President Charles de Gaulle.

Subsequently, 28 leaders of NATO member states paid homage to the victims of military operations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and posed for a photograph.

Afterwards a plenary session of the Strasbourg summit took place. The main subject of the deliberations was the operation in Afghanistan and the election of a new Secretary General of NATO.

Lech Kaczyński supported Anders Fogh Rasmussen

On Saturday, the head of the Presidential National Security Bureau, Aleksander Szczygło, confirmed that Lech Kaczyński supported, during Friday’s supper of the NATO summit, the candidacy of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister, as the new Secretary General of NATO.

As Szczygło said, the President talked with the Danish Prime Minister before the supper, shortly after the concert.

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