US-Poland sign defence deal, troops to move from Germany to Poland

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said the troop deployment deal would also further other aspects of US-Polish cooperation primarily on investment and trade ties.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, centre, and Poland’s Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak after signing the US-Poland Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement in Warsaw, Poland, August 15, 2020. (AP)

(TRT World) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sealed a defence cooperation deal with Polish officials that will pave the way for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland.

In Warsaw at the end of a four-nation tour of central and eastern Europe, Pompeo and Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement that sets out the legal framework for the additional troop presence.

“This is going to be an extended guarantee: a guarantee that in case of a threat our soldiers are going to stand arm-in-arm,” Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday during the signing ceremony. “It will also serve to increase the security of other countries in our part of Europe,” Duda added.

The deal would also further other aspects of US-Polish cooperation, he added, citing primarily investment and trade ties.

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