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February 23, 2012   
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Hillary Clinton Thanks Poland
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked Poland for agreeing to represent American interests in Syria in a telephone conversation with Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski Feb. 11.

The United States closed its embassy in Damascus following violent clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a conflict that verges on civil war. Poland and the United States have signed an agreement under which the Polish embassy in Damascus will establish an U.S. Interests Section to provide consular services to American citizens in Syria in emergency situations. The section will also look after the American embassy’s assets in Syria.

Clinton and Sikorski discussed the situation in the Middle East, focusing primarily on Syria and Iran, and also talked about Ukraine. Polish-American bilateral cooperation and cooperation within NATO were also discussed, including the situation in Afghanistan and the prospects of international assistance for Afghanistan after ISAF forces are pulled out of the country. Clinton and Sikorski also discussed plans to build parts of missile defense system in Poland.

Macierewicz Joins PiS
Antoni Macierewicz, a politician known for his radical conservative views, is planning to join the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party. He will be a member of the party’s influential political committee, and could become one of the party’s deputy chairmen.

Macierewicz heads a special task force which PiS formed to investigate the plane crash which killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other people near Smolensk, Russia, April 10, 2010. Macierewicz also chairs the Catholic-National Movement, a political grouping which at the end of March is expected to formally decide to merge with PiS. Macierewicz said the decision was a result of a “natural need for all patriotic movements to join forces.”

In the government headed by Jarosław Kaczyński in 2006-2007, Macierewicz was deputy defense minister in charge of dissolving the Military Information Service and forming a military counterintelligence service. In October 2006, he was appointed head of the new counterintelligence service. In the parliamentary elections in 2007 and 2011, he ran on the PiS ticket in Piotrków Trybunalski in central Poland. He won almost 42,000 votes in last year’s elections.
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