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  • 21 April 2017

    In an interview with Marek Wałkuski, Poland’s chief of diplomacy summed up his two-day visit to Washington D.C., where he met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    “The Smolensk plane crash was one of the points on the agenda of our talks (with Tillerson). I asked for support. It could be in the form of diplomatic and political pressure on Russia to return the wreckage and to start cooperating with us. It could be in the form of legal assistance, because we want to bring this case before the [International] Court of Justice (…). It could be a reminder that one of the Allied states is harmed by the lack of cooperation with Russia because the crash has not been explained,” added Minister Waszczykowski.


    Poland’s top diplomat noted that in his talk with Rex Tillerson he also raised the issue of covering Poles with the Visa Waiver Program. “So far [we heard] the standard answer: Poland exceeds the permitted visa refusal rate. I explained that the visa issue does not depend solely on an act of Congress. The administration also has influence. It is the US consuls who decide whether to issue a promise of a visa and they could be inclined to look at Poland differently and to dispense visas differently on the basis of administrative decisions,” said Minister Waszczykowski.

    During their meeting, the Polish chief of diplomacy presented his US counterpart with a list of Poland’s assets that make it an attractive cooperation partner. “I said that Poland has a sizeable budget allocated to buying military equipment for the Polish Armed Forces; we have a long purchase list of items that we plan to buy, some of which we will definitely want to buy from the United States (…). I also know that we have many business projects. Poland is an important market independently, but we are also an element of larger formats like the Visegrad Group, the Bucharest Nine, the Three-Seas Initiative,” listed Minister Waszczykowski.

    “By locating companies in Poland, you get access to the Central and Eastern Europe market and from here you obtain access to Eastern Europe. We have many infrastructural projects, which can be built by the Germans, Chinese or Americans – not only in Poland, but anywhere in Central and Eastern Europe,” repeated the MFA chief. “Add to this our global initiatives. We are part of the global coalition against terrorism, our troops are now in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we want to return to peacekeeping operations. I have presented a long list of opportunities that we can carry out together,” concluded the chief of Polish diplomacy.

    Source: Polskie Radio



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