Poland, US conclude talks on Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

2020-07-31 15:23 update: 2020-08-01, 13:06
Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. Photo PAP/Rafał Guz
Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. Photo PAP/Rafał Guz
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Friday announced the completion of Polish-US negotiations on an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

"An important day for Poland's security. We have completed negotiations with the Americans and will soon sign a final agreement on the permanent presence of US troops in Poland. Apart from a greater number of US soldiers, Poland will also host the most important US Army command in the region," Blaszczak wrote on Twitter. 

The minister added that US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper "confirmed our arrangements today and pointed to the possibility of further increasing the number of American soldiers in Poland."

US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher also announced the conclusion of the negotiations on Twitter. "Great news! The U.S. and Poland completed negotiations on an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. The EDCA will implement the joint vision of our two presidents to enhance the U.S. military presence in Poland. Thank you to all on both sides who worked so hard on this!" wrote the ambassador.

Polish and US Presidents, Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump, signed a declaration on military cooperation in New York at the end of September 2019. The document detailed the provisions of a previous declaration, announced in June 2019, which confirmed the stay in Poland of about 4,500 US military personnel and announced the deployment of about a thousand more. The September declaration includes locations for the planned enhanced US military presence in Poland. (PAP)
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