Today, Wednesday, October 21, 2009, Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden Jr., visits Warsaw to discuss a range of bilateral issues with Polish authorities, including expanding trade and investment, strengthening democracy in the region, and cooperating to meet common security challenges both bilaterally and through NATO.

Vice President Biden is scheduled to meet separately with the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, and with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Donald Tusk. He will also meet with a broad cross section of civil society leaders to talk about common efforts to promote democracy.

The visit falls at a time of great historical significance, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the Vice President’s view, the real validation of 1989 is less in what we took down and more in what we built, and continue to build together – strong democracies and strong partnerships ranging from mutual defense to energy security and climate change. In reference to Central Europe, Biden’s National Security Adviser said “The example they set 20 years ago inspired the world. The leadership they exert over the next 20 years can change the world, encouraging, supporting, and defending young democracies.”

The Vice President will also visit Bucharest, Romania, and Prague, Czech Republic, before returning to the U.S. on Friday.