Pence: Poland is One of Most Capable Nations in World
WARSAW, Poland.--We need to work together.
That was the message from Vice President Mike Pence when he spoke in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday morning. He is attending a joint conference on Middle East security and peace. He spoke to both American and Polish troops.
"The world is an even more dangerous place today than it was since the fall of Communism a quarter century ago. The people of Poland know and the people of the United States know that the free world needs the members of NATO to be strong and united," Pence said.
Which is why Pence is grateful that Poland has supported the U.S.
"Poland was one of only four other NATO members that fulfilled their promise to spend 2% of your gross domestic product toward our mutual defense," Pence said.
He said Poland is taking its place as one of the most capable and formidable nations in the world.
"We officially acknowledge an agreement by Poland to purchase a battalion's worth of high mobility artillery rocket system launchers from the United States," Pence said.
Pence reminded everyone that at the heart of every NATO alliance is a solemn promise that an attack on one is an attack on all.
"To keep this oath requires preparation, investment, and for every NATO member to uphold their member to our common defense. We must work together," Pence said.
During his trip, the Vice President is also expected to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Pence also acknowledge members of the military from Indiana serving in Poland.
Great to be w/ American & Polish troops in Warsaw – including some from Indiana! These brave men & women have answered the call to put on the uniform, protect their families & our families, & to preserve freedom. We do not know what challenges lie ahead, but we will be prepared. pic.twitter.com/H0UUyFj09n
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 13, 2019
"I take particular pleasure in the fact there are a number of service members here from my home state of Indiana, my fellow Hoosiers," Pence said. An applause from the audience followed that remark.
A segment of the Indiana National Guard is serving there.
"The home state is proud of all of you and so am I," Pence said to them.
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