Polish President not to meet President Obama on U.S. visit
March 30, 2016
Polish President Andrzej Duda
US President Barack Obama declined to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda during Duda's visit to the U.S., despite last minute efforts by Polish diplomats, Polish media report.
President Duda will start Wednesday a three-day visit to the U.S. capital where will attend a Nuclear Security Summit, according to an itinerary published on the presidential website www.president.pl.
On Wednesday, President Duda will meet with experts and representatives of university circles at the National Press Club organized by the Centre for European Policy Analysis and the Atlantic Council.
On Thursday, the president will visit the U.S. Congress Library and lay a wreath at the monument to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a national hero of Poland and the U.S.
On Friday, President Duda will attend the Nuclear Security Summit. On the sidelines of the summit he is expected to meet with the presidents of Turkey, Ukraine and Georgia.
Presidential Minister Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP Polish news agency that one of the main goals of President Duda's visit to Washington is the participation in a meeting of several dozen state leaders and in a debate on the military and civilian aspects of nuclear security.
President Duda will also meet with the US media at the German Marshall Fund. "This will be a specially selected group of people dealing with international affairs," Szczerski said.
The Polish president will also meet with people of influence in Washington and present Polish point of view on international security issues, as well as discuss the country's expectations towards the NATO summit to be held in Warsaw in July, Szczerski said.
The only significant US politician to meet with Duda will be a congressman from New Jersey, which is a sign that the Washington establishment decided to send a strong signal of disapproval of the Polish constitutional crisis, Polish dailies write.