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US president to attend Poland’s 25 years of freedom celebrations
June 3, 2014   
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US President Barrack Obama
Poland's capital city of Warsaw is getting ready for the arrival of American President Barrack Obama and a number of other leaders of Central and Eastern Europe for the celebrations of the 25 anniversary of the first partly democratic elections after World War II.

President Obama will start his two-day visit to Poland on Tuesday, during which he will meet with President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Obama will be accompanied by US Secretary of State John Kerry

After the official welcome at Warsaw's Okecie Airport on Tuesday morning the two presidents will meet with Polish and American pilots of F-16 aircraft, according to the Polish president's website.

According to Ben Rhodes, the U.S. deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, the U.S.-Polish alliance is crucial for transatlantic relations and forms the foundation of U.S. support not only for the Poles but also other allies from Eastern Europe.

The U.S. president will meet with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Tuesday afternoon.

At 3 p.m. Presidents Komorowski and Obama will host a meeting with the presidents of Central and Eastern European countries.

The highlight of President Obama's Warsaw visit will be an address to the Polish nation to be delivered on Wednesday as part of the
the anniversary celebrations of Poland's peaceful transition from a communist state to a parliamentary democracy.

Also on Wednesday, Obama is due to meet with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

Besides military, economic, scientific and technological bilateral cooperation and the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales, Presidents Komorowski and Obama will discuss the U.S. presence in Central Europe, as well as the situation in Ukraine, according to the presidential aide Roman Kuzniar.

Warsaw will import some 1,300 additional police officers, will introduce a number of bans for drivers and will close airspace over the city. Some 2 km of space around the Royal Castle, where a number of celebrations will take place, will receive special protection.
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