Polish Leader Signs Deal Enhancing US Military Presence

U.S. Army soldiers attend a welcoming ceremony in Zagan, Poland.
U.S. Army soldiers hold an American flag as they attend the official welcoming ceremony of the U.S. troops in Zagan, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Krzysztof Zatycki)

WARSAW, Poland — Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a deal that enhances U.S. military presence in the central European country, and said it should be a symbol of a partnership that continues regardless of political developments.

Poland’s right-wing leadership has had close ties with the administration of President Donald Trump, signing defense and energy deals.

Duda indicated Monday he would like the partnership to continue under the new administration.

“I believe that our partnership is above political divisions,” Duda said during the ratification ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

“We are waiting for the new U.S. president to take office,” Duda said.

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement that he ratified raises the number of U.S. troops in Poland to some 5,500 and moves from Germany the U.S. Army V Corps overseas headquarters. It strengthens the U.S. defense presence in central and eastern Europe at a time of increased Russian military activity.

Trump decided on the move last year, when he was reducing troop numbers in Germany.

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