"Politico": President Duda likely to meet with Trump in Washington soon
Poland's president Andrzej Duda is likely to visit the White House soon to meet with American counterpart Donald Trump, "Politico" reported on Wednesday. A source in Trump administration was quoted as saying the visit could take place next week. The potential meeting of the two leaders is likely to coincide with announcing of the increase in the number of American troops stationed in Poland.
"Politico" wrote that a Trump administration official told them that "the Polish leader could visit as early as next week", whereas another source was quoted as saying that the Polish head of state would visit Washington "soon".
"A visit by Poland’s Andrzej Duda, if finalized, is likely to coincide with Trump’s plans to announce an increase in the number of U.S. troops stationed in Poland. But it also comes at a sensitive time for Duda, who is up for reelection on June 28," Politico reported.
Polish media reported that discussions were under way for a possible visit by president Duda to Washington, as Warsaw looks to boost the U.S. military's presence in the former communist state.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States would cut the number of its troops in NATO ally Germany by about 9,500. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said he hopes some of the troops will be moved to Poland, which is also a member of the Western military alliance.
"If there is such an official invitation, then there will be such a visit and there will be such a meeting," Krzysztof Szczerski, an aide to Duda, told Polish radio of the possibility of a visit to Washington.
Poland's state news agency, PAP, reported that an invitation had been received by Poland on a working level though neither side had confirmed this. Duda's spokesman declined comment, referring reporters to Szczerski's remark.
U.S. ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher praised the state of relations in a video statement for media. Though she did not say whether the Polish president would visit Washington, she said cooperation would "grow and grow" and that Duda and Trump have a "very unique relationship". "You will see that more in the future, how they’re working together to make both of our countries safer," she said.
Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party, is running in a close presidential election on June 28.
On June 12 last year, Trump agreed to send 1,000 more troops to Poland, bolstering its defences against Russia and cementing bilateral ties.
Reuters reported last week that the project was crumbling amid disputes over funding and where to garrison the troops. The report was denied by some members of Poland's government and by Mosbacher.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, Politico, Reuters
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