US Secretary of State arrives in Poland
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has come to Warsaw to meet with Poland's top officials, sign a new US-Poland defence deal and attend the commemoration of the centennial of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated the Bolsheviks.
First on the agenda is Pompeo's meeting with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The two will discuss Polish-US security-related cooperation and international issues, including those related to the events in Belarus. They will also discuss the situation in Eastern Europe, transatlantic relations and global issues, government spokesman Piotr Muller said in a press release sent to PAP.
Next, the head of US diplomacy will be received by President Andrzej Duda at the Presidential Palace. Politicians will also talk about the situation in Belarus and the involvement of the United States in the Three Seas Initiative (a project that focuses on cross-border infrastructural cooperation of countries located between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas).
Later, in the presence of Duda, Pompeo and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak will sign the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), envisaging the increased presence of US soldiers in Poland and tighter military cooperation between the two countries.
In early August, the US announced the location in Poland of the forward command of its 5th Army Corps.
At noon, Pompeo will attend the changing of the guard at Pilsudskiego Sq. as part of observances marking Polish Army Day and the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw.
In the afternoon, the US Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz will hold a meeting to be followed by press conference in the Royal Lazienki Park.
Pompeo, currently on a tour of Central and Eastern European capitals, has already visited the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria.