Andrzej Duda’s official visit to the United States

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The President of Poland Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda have recently ended their official visit to the United States. During their stay in North America they met Donald and Melania Trump. The purpose of the six-day diplomatic mission was, among other things, to discuss the military presence of the US in Poland and the purchase of F-35 planes.

The most memorable part of the US tour was of course the visit of the Polish presidential couple in the White House. The two presidents signed a declaration on expanding US military presence in Poland. According to the document, American army will send approximately 1000 extra soldiers to our country (the current number of military personnel is 4500). Moreover, US advisors will aid us create Combat Training Centre in Drawsko Pomorskie. Poland, on the other hand, will provide additional military support to the USA.

An important issue in Polish-American relations is the US visa programme. Polish citizens need to apply for American visa whenever they want to visit the country on the other side of the ocean, unlike most European countries. President Trump expressed belief this will change very soon. Andrzej Duda noted the meeting with the American head of state went very well.

The Polish President also talked with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry (Poland is an importer of American LNG gas) and visited the state of Nevada where he opened Polish Business and Innovation Week. Another important part of the American tour was a visit to California where the President met Polish diaspora in the United States. Next, he visited Google headquarters and talked to YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki and Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at Google Kent Walker. Polish head of state also had an opportunity to chat with Poles working in the Silicon Valley.

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