President Duda’s Visit To The United States
From June 12 to 17 President of Poland Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda were on a visit to the United States. The Presidential Couple began their visit in Washington, DC, where they met with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the White House. This was President Duda’s second visit to the White House in the last ten months.
Presidents Duda and Trump signed the “Joint Declaration on Defense Cooperation Regarding US Force Posture in the Republic of Poland.” The declaration emphasizes the historic friendship between Poland and the United States and reaffirms both countries’ commitment to NATO. In addition, the declaration outlines plans for enhancing Poland-US defense cooperation, including by increasing US military presence in Poland. Presidents Duda and Trump took part in a joint press conference and observed an F-35 fighter jet flyover, an exception for Poland’s President since the airspace over Washington is usually closed. That afternoon, Poland’s Presidential Couple attended a reception at the White House hosted by the US President and First Lady. Photos here.
President Duda’s next stop was Texas. President Duda met with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as well as with the local Polonia community. Poland’s President also attended the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement on new technologies in cancer treatment by Polish Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. During his visit President Duda met with heads of American energy companies and visited the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, where he discussed Poland-US energy cooperation and strengthening Poland’s energy security with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry. As part of expanding energy cooperation between Poland and the United States, Polish Oil and Gas Company PGNiG signed another contract with US Venture Global LNG earlier in Washington, DC for additional supplies of liquefied natural gas to Poland.
President Duda then traveled to Nevada, where in Reno he attended the testing of the NIAS-NASA-ILOT system enabling Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to avoid collisions in urban areas. The tests included a Polish-designed UAV. Later that day President Duda opened Nevada’s Polish Business and Innovation Week, an event promoting cooperation between Polish and American enterprises. “I hope both Polish and American entrepreneurs continue to make use of each other’s ideas and experiences to an even greater extent, with benefits for both our economies,” President Duda said at the opening event.
President Duda’s last stop during his visit to the United States was California. In Menlo Park, Poland’s President opened the Polish-US New Technology Forum, presenting the potential of Poland’s technology sector and helping Polish entrepreneurs establish business contacts in Silicon Valley. President Duda met with leadership from Silicon Valley giants including Visa, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Facebook as well as with Polish-American YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Kent Walker, Google Senior Vice President for Global Affairs.
Photos: Jakub Szymczuk/Grzegorz Jakubowski/ KPRP