WARSAW, June 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said here Tuesday that his country would honor its commitment to the security for Central and Eastern European nations.
"Our commitment to Poland's security as well as the security of our allies in Central and Eastern Europe is a cornerstone of our own security," Obama said after inspecting a joint unit of U.S. and Polish F-16 pilots with his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski.
In a hangar at Warsaw's Chopin Airport, the president described Poland as "one of the greatest friends and allies" of the United States, saying, "As allies and friends we stand united together, forever."
Obama arrived here Tuesday to attend the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first free elections in Poland. The country is the first leg of his four-day Europe tour, which will also take him to Belgium and France.
During his stay in Warsaw, he is scheduled to meet with leaders of Central and Eastern European nations, including Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko, and make a speech on U.S.-Europe relations.