Pompeo sums up Poland visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday summed up his current visit to Poland at a press conference following talks with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.

Pompeo, who among other matters discussed the current situation in Belarus with Polish officials, said the US Administration was in consultations on Belarus with its European partners.

Pompeo said the US was monitoring the developments in Belarus in a bid to aid the country's people in their strivings for independence and freedom. He added that he was pleased to hear about the freeing of some arrested protesters in Belarus, but said that this was not enough to resolve the situation.

Referring to the recent Belarusian presidential elections which spurred the ongoing mass protests in the country, Pompeo said they had not been honest, and said that the common goal of the US and European countries was to aid the Belarusians in building a free and democratic country.

Pompeo also spoke about the Saturday-signed US-Polish Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), and said the US and Poland were proud to seal an accord that strengthened their military cooperation. He added that the agreement also enabled the enlargement of the 4,500-strong rotating US force in Poland by a thousand troops.

Referring to the Saturday-falling centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated a Europe-advancing Red Army foiling the Bolsheviks' plan to spread communism throughout the continent, Pompeo called the battle one of the many heroic acts the Poles had made themselves known for in the 20th century.

Pompeo also mentioned the August-falling 76th anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Germans and 40th foundation anniversary of the Solidarity Union which ultimately toppled communism in Poland.

He also thanked Czaputowicz for his work to date and congratulated Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, on his recent relection.

Earlier on Saturday, Pompeo spoke with Duda and Poland's PM, Mateusz Morawiecki, and signed the EDCA agreement with Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.