Meeting with Pentagon Chief Jim Mattis
On Thursday, June 29th Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz met in Brussels with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
During the meeting, interlocutors discussed issues of the presence of American troops in Poland and transatlantic relations in the context of the upcoming US President Donald Trump's visit to Warsaw, in July.
It was also established direct, personal and permanent contact complementary diplomatic channels. Made an analysis of the situation of cooperation between Polish and American troops in further perspective, sustained, long-term presence of the US troops in Poland.
The Secretary of Defense appreciated the Polish government's decision to increase defense spending from the current 2% of GDP, which is in line with NATO requirements.
During the meeting also raised issues of industrial cooperation, agreeing, inter alia, that will be evolve a joint plan for the development of missile defence in Poland.
In the next part they were debated about Polish and US involvement in operations and international missions in the eastern and southern flank of NATO and in Afghanistan.
Underlined the importance of strengthening the deterrence and defense of Poland and all NATO's eastern flank through the American commitment to strengthening European security, including the constant and increasing presence of the US Armed Forces in Poland, the implementation of the NATO Summit in Warsaw and the further adaptation of the Alliance to the changed security situation.
At the end of the conversation, they focused on the talks about the calendar of the future meetings of Polish and American representatives.