The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Carter paid an official visit to Poland December 29-31, 1977, at the invitation of the highest authorities of the Polish People's Republic. The President was accompanied by Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance and by Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Zbigniew Brzezinski.
The President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and placed flowers at the Nike Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw and at the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto. He also saw some districts of Warsaw, acquainting himself with its reconstruction and development.
During the visit, the President held talks with the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party, Edward Gierek.
In the plenary talks, which were chaired by the President and the First Secretary, there took part:
From the American side:
Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, Assistant to the President Zbigniew Brzezinski, and other officials.
From the Polish side:
The Chairman of the Council of State, Henryk Jablofiski; Chairman of the Council of Ministers Piotr Jaroszewicz, and other officials.
Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance also held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Emil Wojtaszek.
The President and the First Secretary expressed their satisfaction with the conversations they had held as well as their conviction that continued visits at the highest levels, as well as visits by other leading personalities of both countries, serve the interests of both countries and the development of detente and international cooperation.
President Carter expressed his gratitude to the First Secretary and to Mrs. Gierek for the splendid hospitality accorded in Poland to him, Mrs. Carter, and the entire delegation.
President Carter invited First Secretary Gierek to visit the United States. The invitation was accepted with pleasure. The dates for this visit will be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.