Secretary Clinton welcomed Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to the State Department on April 29, 2010. In light of the recent tragedy, the Secretary offered her deepest condolences to the country of Poland on behalf of all Americans.
The Secretary said, "Poland has been in the thoughts and prayers of all Americans in the wake of such a tragedy that took the lives of the president, the first lady, and many distinguished citizens. And I know how deeply President Obama regretted not being able to attend the funeral. And I would like once again to offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to all the people of Poland."
She also recognized the United States and Poland's shared commitment to democratic values in light of Poland's 219th anniversary of its first constitution that will take place next week. Secretary Clinton said, "Next week, Poland will celebrate the 219th anniversary of its first constitution " the first in Europe, actually. And that is yet another opportunity to honor our shared democratic values and aspirations, our common commitment to freedom, human rights and the rule of law, and to reaffirm our faith in Poland's very bright future."
The Secretary also affirmed the United States' commitment to Poland's security and confirmed that the United States and Poland will renew their Strategic Dialogue. She said, "Through this forum, we will collaborate on important issues such as political and economic stability in Poland's eastern neighborhood, NATO's strategic concept, missile defense, economic and investment opportunities, and energy security."See the Secretary's full remarks here.