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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

"Elections may help lift US visa requirement for Poles"

Presidential couples of Poland and the USA (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Presidential couples of Poland and the USA (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

President Bronisław Komorowski believes that US presidential elections, scheduled for this autumn may pave the way for lifting visa requirement for Poles. Bronisław Komorowski said the topic was raised by President Obama in a conversation with him.


President Komorowski talked with Obama during a Monday dinner given in honour of U.N. General Assembly members. Addressing Polish reporters in New York President Bronisław Komorowski said Tuesday he had the opportunity to only shortly talk to Obama because "he was paying a visit to the United Nations and not to the United States."


Polish President said that President Obama recalled that the case of lifting visa requirement for Poles was "a commitment" and “an issue to be sorted out." "I said that Poland was willing to cooperate in sorting out this uneasy matter and that I was glad that the president raised this problem all by himself," Komorowski added.


"We have to be aware that to push a visa lifting law through the Congress we need votes of Democrats and Republicans alike," President Komorowski recalled.


He added that his conversation with President Obama also centred on the presence of U.S. soldiers in Poland. Bronisław Komorowski's talk with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Mun focused on "main challenges the world and Poland, as member of the international community, were facing."


President  Komorowski and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili discussed his country's situation before parliamentary elections. This was the topic raise by the Polish president in his talk with the president of Moldova.


On Wednesday will meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the president of Nigeria and will address the U.N. General Assembly.


On Tuesday the Polish president had a luncheon in the West Point military academy, laid a wreath at the monument to Polish-U.S. hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko and granted amnesty to 100 alumni facing penalties for violating the academy standing orders. (PAP)


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