Secretary Clinton and PM Sikorski

Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski began  a three-day visit to the United States today.  Sikorski is scheduled to meet with the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones, and representatives of the U.S. Congress and Washington-based think tanks.  The main topics of the visit will be international security and U.S. – Polish relations.
 Foreign Minister Sikorski’s April 29 meeting with Secretary Clinton will re-launch the Strategic Dialogue between Poland and the United States.  The Strategic Dialogue is one of three formal consultative mechanisms outlined in the August 2008 Declaration on Strategic Cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Poland.  The first is the High Level Defense Group, which met in Warsaw in October 2009 to discuss topics such as ballistic missile defense cooperation and Patriot missile rotations to Poland.  The second mechanism, the Strategic Cooperation Consultative Group, also met in Warsaw, in February 2010, to discuss topics such as arms control and revising NATO’s Strategic Concept.  The Strategic Dialogue is the most senior of these yearly formal consultations, and involves broader issues of security.  This year’s Strategic Dialogue will include a side session emphasizing energy and climate security cooperation led by Ambassador Richard Morningstar and Deputy Minister of Economy Marcin Korolec.  The session will also include discussion of collaboration on nuclear energy, unconventional gas, and development and deployment of clean energy technologies.