Polish president's goal is to maintain good EU-US relations - official

Head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch declared on Friday that the main goal of the Polish president is, above all, to maintain good transatlantic relations between the EU and the US, also with regard to the ongoing tensions in the Middle East.

Having admitted that the conflict has recently been de-escalated, Soloch underlined that the tension visible in recent days has not disappeared. "But we can state that the conflict has not been escalating," he said.

Referring to the presence of Polish troops in the region, the BBN head said it was connected with Poland's obligations towards NATO and decisions taken by the Alliance. "This is what has been guiding us with regard to our presence in the Middle East," he pointed out, adding that there were no talks about growing engagement of Polish soldiers in the region.

The BBN head also said that "Poland has been conducting its policy inside the EU," and that "it has good relations with the US."

"The main goal of the Polish state, diplomacy and president is, above all, to maintain good transatlantic relations between Poland and the US, and between the EU and the US, also with regard to the ongoing tensions in the Middle East."

Soloch announced that he would travel to Washington next week with President Andrzej Duda's chief aide Krzysztof Szczerski.

Speaking about the planned talks, Soloch said there were several subjects to be discussed in the US. "The recent developments impose one of them, namely, the situation in the Middle East," he said, adding that other topics will also include the strengthening of the US military presence in Poland and in the region, economic cooperation and Poland's regional initiatives like, for instance, the Three Seas project.