US authorities negative on not inviting President Duda to speak in Jerusalem

The decision on not inviting Andrzej Duda to take the floor during the the World Holocaust Forum’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau which is to take place in Jerusalem on January 23 has been negatively received by the US authorities, the Polish President's Chief of Staff Krzysztof Szczerski said on Friday.

Mr Szczerski met with the adviser to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner and representatives of the National Security Council in the White House. According to him, the US officials showed "very clear dissatisfaction or even indignation".

“We have clear support for President Andrzej Duda regarding his absence in Jerusalem,” he said, adding that the US authorities had given the Israeli side their critical evaluation of the issue.

"I think we can expect a supportive speech from the US Vice President Mike Pence during the celebrations in Jerusalem," said Krzysztof Szczerski.

He added that the American delegation to Polish ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation, which will take place on January 27, will be headed by the Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.