US ambassador says defence deal will enable enhanced US military presence

"Tomorrow's EDCA signing will deepen American-Polish military cooperation, support the building out of infrastructure, bring direct benefits to the Polish economy and enable an increased and lasting military presence of the USA in Poland," the ambassador wrote on Twitter. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Friday that the signing on Saturday of an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) will pave the way for an increased and sustained US military presence in Poland.

On Saturday afternoon in the presence of Polish President Andrzej Duda, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak will sign the EDCA at Warsaw's Presidential Palace.

"Tomorrow's EDCA signing will deepen American-Polish military cooperation, support the building out of infrastructure, bring direct benefits to the Polish economy and enable an increased and lasting military presence of the USA in Poland," the ambassador wrote on Twitter.

The deal was agreed politically on July 31 and in early August the siting in Poland was announced of the forward command of the V Corpus of USA Land Forces. Currently the American division command is active in Poland.

At the end of September last year, in New York, the presidents of Poland and the USA, Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump, signed a declaration on military cooperation that brought detail to an earlier-signed declaration announced in June 2019, which confirmed the presence in Poland of 4,500 US military personnel and announced the location of about 1,000 more.