The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Poland on the occasion of the U.S.-Poland Strategic Dialogue.
The Governments of the United States and Poland held the U.S.-Poland Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. on February 4, 2022, which included consultations between Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. February 4 marks the birth date of General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish General who two centuries ago fought for American freedom. The United States and Poland have a historic friendship. But today we are more than that. We share not only common values, but also an awareness of shared responsibilities for humanity’s future.
This Strategic Dialogue comes at a critical time. It demonstrates the strength and importance of the bilateral relationship as the United States and Poland focus on the security challenges on the Eastern Flank of NATO due to Russian aggression. U.S.-Polish cooperation addresses our shared goals of ensuring security and supporting the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people as well as the objective of European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz and Counselor of the Department of State Derek Chollet opened the Strategic Dialogue.
The United States and Poland emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Poland partnership in addressing common threats and challenges. The Strategic Dialogue focused on shared values and interests, reaffirming the strong, steady, and deepening bilateral cooperation between the United States and Poland and our joint commitment to enhance cooperation on a broad range of topics.
The working groups of the Strategic Dialogue discussed bilateral cooperation on regional and collective security; political military issues; energy security, including climate change and nuclear energy cooperation; economic prosperity; cooperation in the framework of Three Seas Initiative and strengthening democratic values and institutions through the OSCE in Europe and Eurasia and in our own countries. The United States and Poland consulted on the importance of Poland’s leadership in the OSCE in reaching diplomatic resolutions to regional conflicts. Both parties expressed firm dedication to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and committed to coordinating to deter any further Russian aggression.
The Strategic Dialogue was hosted by the U.S. Department of State and included interagency and inter-ministerial representatives from both governments. The meeting featured senior U.S. representatives from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce, and the National Security Council, and from the Polish side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Ministry of Climate and Environment, and Ministry of the Interior and Administration.
Both sides expressed a strong interest in deepening the bilateral strategic partnership in the year ahead and through future strategic dialogues. The parties plan to hold the next annual meeting in Warsaw in early 2023.