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UPDATE: Polish president, PM congratulate Joe Biden on taking office

21.01.2021 00:01
Poland’s president and prime minister have congratulated Joe Biden as he took office as the 46th US president, saying they were looking forward to working with America, an economic partner and a key military ally.
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Joe Biden during his inauguration as US president in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.
Joe Biden during his inauguration as US president in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA/Patrick Semansky

Conservative Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on being sworn in as President of the United States. I wish best of luck to both [the] President and Vice President Kamala Harris.”

In his English-language post, Morawiecki added: “Poland considers [the] United States to be the pillar of global freedom, stability and peace. Looking forward to working with you!”

Congratulations to Joe Biden on being sworn in as President of the United States. I wish best of luck to both President...

Opublikowany przez Mateusz Morawiecki Środa, 20 stycznia 2021

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter: “I am looking forward to closely cooperating with you, Mr. President, on further strengthening the Polish-American Strategic Partnership.”

"God bless Poland and God bless America!" added Duda in his message, also posted in English.

Warsaw, long wary of Russia - its giant neighbour to the east - looks to Washington as a guarantor of Poland’s security.

Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, Poland’s ambassador to America said he hoped ties between Warsaw and Washington would be at least as good as they have been so far.


Kamala Harris being sworn in as US vice president during the inauguration of Joe Biden as president in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA/SAUL LOEB
Kamala Harris being sworn in as US vice president during the inauguration of Joe Biden in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA/SAUL LOEB

In an interview for public broadcaster Polish Radio, Ambassador Piotr Wilczek said: "After talks with people in the new administration, I hope we will continue with projects, some of which started under [former US President Barack] Obama, such as strengthening the [American] military presence" in Poland.

As she was preparing to leave her post, the US ambassador to Warsaw, Georgette Mosbacher, said earlier this month that Polish-US relations were strong and likely to stay that way after Biden took office in Washington.

Looking back at her time in Warsaw, Mosbacher listed some of her accomplishments during her tenure as ambassador, saying: "We have strengthened the eastern flank of NATO by signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement and establishing the 5th Corps Forward Command in Poznań," western Poland.

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Source: IAR/PAP

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