AJC Delegation Concludes Visit to Warsaw

July 10, 2017 – Warsaw – An AJC leadership delegation just concluded a three-day visit to Poland. The trip was highlighted by the group’s attendance, at the invitation of the U.S. government, at President Donald Trump’s historic address at Krasinski Square, the site of the Warsaw Uprising Monument.

In an affirmation of Polish–U.S. ties and a strong defense of Western democratic values, President Trump stated: “Americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defense for our freedoms and for our interests…. The United States has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment.”

AJC CEO David Harris, who led the group, was also invited to the Presidential State Dinner of the Three Seas Initiative Conference, a summit which aims to enhance relations among the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Sea states through improving partnerships in the energy, transportation, digital communication and economic sectors. Harris and Agnieszka Markiewicz, Acting Director of AJC Central Europe, attended the dinner alongside the heads of state of all twelve member countries of the Three Seas Initiative.

Moreover, the AJC group met privately for an hour with Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria, and had briefer exchanges with the presidents of Lithuania and Romania, all cherished partners of AJC; Marek Magierowski, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland; Anna Azari, Israeli Ambassador to Poland; Adam Bodnar, the Polish Ombudsman; and Orsolya Kovács, Hungarian Ambassador to Poland.

During the visit, among the principal topics discussed were: (a) President Trump’s visit to Poland and the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany; (b) Polish–U.S. relations in the new political era; (c) Polish–Israeli relations and the forthcoming meeting in Budapest of the Israeli Prime Minister with the leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia; (d) developments in the European Union; and (e) recent developments in Poland.

“This most recent trip to Warsaw reaffirmed AJC's abiding commitment to our relationship with Poland and the Polish people, and our unwavering support of the transatlantic relationship,” Harris said. “From the opportunity we had to watch President Trump, as he delivered his remarks to an elated Polish audience, to the honor of meeting privately with multiple heads of state from the region, we continue to believe that the transatlantic link is an absolute necessity in today's political era.”

AJC Central Europe, headquartered in Warsaw, is the global Jewish advocacy organization’s fifth office in Europe, and is dedicated to seven Central European countries—the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia.

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