Defence deal with Poland will strengthen NATO and Europe - Trump
The new defence pact between the US and Poland, signed on Saturday, will increase the presence of US troops in Poland, strengthen NATO's deterrent capabilities and European security, US President Donald Trump said in a statement posted on the White House website.
"Today, my Administration signed a historic Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement with the Republic of Poland," Trump wrote, adding that the deal is the culmination of months of negotiations with the Polish side.
"The agreement will enhance our military cooperation and increase the United States military presence in Poland to further strengthen NATO deterrence, bolster European security, and help ensure democracy, freedom, and sovereignty," the statement reads.
The US leader also wrote that that his government "entirely" rebuilt the US military, doing more for the US Armed Forces than any other government in the country's history.
The agreement with Poland is part of the actions that are to increase the military's ability to carry out their mission, Trump added.
In his view, the agreement with Poland serves as a model for other nations with respect to equitable burden sharing (of the costs of stationing US troops in Poland - PAP).
Trump thanked Polish President Andrzej Duda, the Polish people and the members of his Administration "for their hard work in making this agreement a reality."
He said that the United States looks forward to implementing the EDCA and to continuing "important work together" with Poland.