The Polish delegation was led by Undersecretary of State Tomasz
Szatkowski, the U.S. – by Assistant Secretary of Defense for
International Security Affairs, Robert Karem.
During the meeting, T. Szatkowski and R. Karem discussed the
current state and perspectives for Polish-U.S. defense
cooperation, both in the bilateral and Allied dimensions.
Parties presented their expectations towards July NATO Summit
in Brussels and agreed to continue close cooperation aimed at
further NATO adaptation to the challenges of the international
environment. Undersecretary Tomasz Szatkowski underlined
Poland’s readiness to actively participate in the establishment
of new Allied command structures.
R. Karem positively assessed the conditions provided by Poland
for the U.S. forces stationing in Poland and positive attitude
of the Polish society towards American soldiers. Parties agreed
to continue talks concerning the prospects for further increase
of the U.S. presence in Poland.
Threats for regional and global security were also discussed.
While referring to both countries’ participation in operations
and missions, the broad and valuable experience gained by
Poland and U.S. due to their close cooperation in this field,
was underlined. Moreover, parties adhered to key cooperation
projects regarding technical modernization of the Polish Armed
Forces, emphasizing the expected signing of the Patriot
Other participants of the meeting were high rank officers of
the General Staff of Polish Armed Forces, General Command of
Polish Armed Forces and Operational Command of Polish Armed
Forces, from the U.S. delegation – representatives from United
States European Command and Joint Chiefs of Staff.