Polish president reiterates NATO hopes in Canada
PR dla Zagranicy
President Andrzej Duda is continuing Warsaw's campaign to consolidate NATO's presence in Poland and other member states in Central and Eastern Europe, while on an official visit to Canada.
President Andrzej Duda speaks at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Institute in Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk
During an address given at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Institute in Mississauga, Ontario, on the first day of his visit, Duda noted that Canada had been the first country to ratify protocols that led to Poland's 1999 accession to NATO.
He said that support is still needed, “not only for Poland being in NATO, but for NATO being in Poland.”
Duda likewise said on Tuesday that he hopes “there will also be an increased presence of Canadian troops stationed in Poland, more than now."
This July, Warsaw will host a NATO summit, and the president and the Law and Justice government hope that a considerable consolidation of NATO's eastern flank will be confirmed at the meeting.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has already indicated that NATO is considering deploying some 4,000 troops.
Duda is due to have NATO-focused talks on Tuesday with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.
Meanwhile, the president has claimed that Poles abroad are the best ambassadors of Poland.
“You are guarantors of Poland and Polishness,” he told members of the Polish diaspora in Mississauga.
On Monday, Duda also laid a wreath at Katyn Memorial in Toronto, a monument commemorating Polish officers murdered by Stalin’s NKVD secret police in 1940. He likewise visited cemetery of Polish soldiers who trained for World War I in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. (nh)