Poland’s President Andrzej Duda is set to visit the White House on Wednesday to discuss health, security and development with US President Donald Trump.

His visit, announced unexpectedly on Monday by Krzysztof Szczerski, the president’s chief of staff, comes four days ahead of the country’s presidential election, scheduled for June 28.

“I can say there will be good news from Washington,” Szczerski told Polish public radio, adding that “there will be three main topics: first of all, health, secondly, investments and development, and third, security.” The latter will cover energy, the Three Seas Initiative and cybersecurity, he added. 

Duda, who is also running for a second term as Poland’s president, will be the first foreign leader to visit the US since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. A Polish official told the FT that Poland hoped the bilateral talks would culminate in the US presence in Poland being increased further.

Last week Trump confirmed plans to withdraw 9,500 American troops from bases in Germany, accusing the country of being “delinquent” in its contribution to NATO. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said he hopes some of them will be moved to Poland. 


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