Pompeo to sign contract for additional US troops in Poland

During his European trip next week the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops, news wires reported, citing sources close to the presidential office in Warsaw.

Pompeo, as a representative of President Donald Trump, will sign the agreement, said Krzysztof Szczerki, head of Polish President Andrej Duda's cabinet, according to a report by state news agency PAP. The contract is the realization of a declaration signed by the US and Polish presidents last year, he said.

The agreement for closer military cooperation also foresees the transition of part of the headquarters of the US army's V Corps to Poland, from Fort Knox in Kentucky. At present, some 4,500 American military personnel are stationed in the Central European NATO member. The move comes as the US withdraws 11,900 military personnel from Germany, from 36,000 down to 24,000, dpa noted.

Pompeo is set to begin his four-country tour of Central and Eastern Europe next week, starting off in the Czech Republic. On his trip, he is also set to visit Slovenia, Austria and Poland. He is expected in Warsaw on 15 August.


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