Polish, US presidents to discuss military issues at White House

Duda will be received by Trump at the White House for the second time, after a similar meeting that took place last autumn. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda will begin his six-day visit to the United States with a White House meeting with US President Donald Trump. The two officials are expected to discuss an increased US military presence in Poland that Warsaw has been advocating for.

President Duda, who is accompanied by his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda, came to Washington with a big governmental delegation that includes Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

On the first day of their visit, the Polish presidential couple will be received at the White House by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

The agenda of the Duda-Trump meeting also includes the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East.

The welcome ceremony is planned at noon local time (6 pm CET). Then the presidential couples will hold a conversation in the Oval Office, which will be followed by talks between the two delegations, presided over by Duda and Trump.

After the talks, the two leaders will hold a press conference where they are expected to announce a political agreement concerning an increase of US military presence in Poland.

In the afternoon, the presidential couple will attend a reception at the White House, organised by the US president and his wife.

Duda will be received by Trump at the White House for the second time, after a similar meeting that took place last autumn.

On Thursday, a day after the White House talks, Duda will start the economic part of his US visit, which will run for five days. The Polish president is scheduled to visit Houston, Reno, Carson City and San Francisco.

Poland has been advocating for a bigger US military presence, which is currently based on rotating US troops. During his visit to Washington last September, President Duda expressed hope for joint construction of a base that he provisionally called "Fort Trump."