The following is the text of a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski on the occasion of the re-launch of our bilateral Strategic Dialogue.
Today the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Poland have agreed to re-launch our bilateral Strategic Dialogue, a forum for consultation and cooperation on global and regional issues of mutual interest to both our countries.
Poland and the United States are bound together by common values, rooted in the shared pursuit of individual freedom, democracy and human rights. Today we held wide-ranging discussions on issues of import to both our countries. We discussed ways in which the United States might cooperate with and support the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Initiative; our approaches to NATO’s evolving new Strategic Concept and the future development of Alliance missile defense capabilities, and acknowledged the importance of our common mission in Afghanistan.
We underlined the importance of the 10th
anniversary of the Community of Democracies, marked this July by a conference in Krakow, Poland, which the Secretary will attend. In parallel with this meeting, top U.S. and Polish officials held productive discussions on energy security and science and technology cooperation, areas that will feature prominently in future sessions of the Strategic Dialogue. We agreed to continue high-level discussions on energy security. We look forward to continued consultations within the framework of the Strategic Dialogue.