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Secretary of State John Kerry's Visit to Warsaw, 4-5 November 2013

Secretary Kerry Lays Wreath at Grave of Former Polish PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki

4 November 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pays his respects at the gravesite of former Polish Prime Minister Mazowiecki in Laski

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pays his respects at the gravesite of former Polish Prime Minister Mazowiecki in Laski

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Warsaw on Monday night and proceeded directly to the gravesite of former Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, to lay a wreath and pay his respects.  Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe’s first post-communist Prime Minister, died last week at age 86.  Secretary Kerry was accompanied at the cemetery by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull, and Mr. Michal Mazowiecki, son of the late Prime Minister.

The Secretary walked along candlelit paths of Laski Cemetery, located in a beautiful pine forest on the edge of Warsaw.  The cemetery was established in the 1920s along with the Society for the Care of the Blind, and is run by the nuns of the Franciscan Sisters Servants of the Cross.     

During his visit to Warsaw, Secretary Kerry will meet with senior Polish officials to discuss our close defense alliance and partnership with Poland across a range of global issues, as well as Poland’s key contributions on democracy promotion and in enhancing NATO capabilities.  He also will meet with representatives of U.S. and Polish businesses and young innovators, highlighting our strong economic ties and mutual commitment to Transatlantic prosperity.