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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will be feted at the White House next month in only the second state visit of George W. Bush's presidency.

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer announced on Wednesday the July 17-18 visit, complete with the fanfare of a South Lawn ceremony and black-tie state dinner, saying, ``Poland has become a friend, partner and NATO ally of the United States and is an ardent supporter in the war on terrorism.''

``President Kwasniewski shares the president's vision of creating a Europe whole, free and at peace,'' Fleischer added.

The first state visit of Bush's presidency was by Mexican President Vicente Fox in September.