Komorowski decorates outgoing US ambassador Mull
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President Bronisław Komorowski has decorated outgoing ambassador of the US Stephen D. Mull with one of Poland's highest honours, the Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Ambassador of the United States Stephen J. Mull (L) and President Bronisław Komorowski. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk
Mull was honoured “for outstanding services in the development of Polish-American friendly relations and cooperation.”
Komorowski said that Mull's tenure as ambassador “contributed to strengthening that friendship, built on a common approach to the issue of freedom.”
Mull's spell as ambassador, which began in 2012, followed two other postings to Poland in the mid-eighties and the mid-nineties.
He recalled that 29 years ago the then communist Polish authorities accused him of masterminding a network of NATO spies.
“In 1986, following those accusations, my wife and I were were regretfully preparing to leave Poland, thinking that this was our first and last stay here,” he said.
“If someone had told me then that I would be standing today in the Belvedere [Palace] before a democratically elected Polish president, receiving this prestigious honour in a room full of NATO representatives, I never would have believed it,” he added.
“This is truly a miracle in my life, and one that I'm deeply moved by.” (nh)