New US envoy to Poland praises bilateral ties in video message
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The next US ambassador to Poland has praised ties between the two countries in a video message.
The US embassy in Warsaw. Photo: U.S. Department of State (http://poland.usembassy.gov/poland/offices.html) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Georgette Mosbacher told the Polish people in her message that she was honoured to be the United States’ next ambassador in Warsaw.
The 71-year-old ambassador-designate noted she was beginning her mission in a special year as Poland marked the 100th anniversary of the restoration of its independence.
“I am so excited that the United States can celebrate this wonderful centennial anniversary with our Polish friends,” Mosbacher said in her message, which was released on Thursday.
She added that “Poland and the United States have been friends and allies for over 240 years, and we’re the closest of friends and allies today. A strong and secure Poland means a stronger America.”
Mosbacher also said in the video that “Poland is a leader in NATO, and we are very pleased with our close cooperation on defence matters and are especially gratified that our soldiers are standing shoulder to shoulder both in Poland and elsewhere, defending our way of life and shared values.”
During a nomination hearing in the US Senate, Mosbacher in early June criticised a Polish anti-defamation law, blaming it for triggering a wave of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe, according to reports.
A Polish presidential aide said a few days later that Donald Trump’s pick for the next US ambassador would be accepted in Warsaw despite her “unnecessary and mistaken” comments.
Mosbacher is set to replace Paul W. Jones, whose term as US ambassador to Poland expires in September.
Poland regained independence on November 11, 1918, the day World War I ended, after 123 years of foreign rule.