Israel And Poland Agree To Return Ambassadors, Improve Relations

FILE - Polish President Andrzej Duda and former Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attend a ceremony as part of the “March of the Living” program at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as Israel marked annual Holocaust Memorial Day on April 12, 2018. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda agreed on Monday to move towards restoring full bilateral ties, according to a statement released by Herzog’s office.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated sharply last year after the Polish parliament passed legislation effectively prohibiting any future restitution to the heirs of property seized by the Nazis during the World War II.

In response, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid described the law as “anti-Semitic and immoral.”

During Monday’s telephone conversation between the two leaders, Duda appeared to heed Herzog’s call for a return of ambassadors by confirming that Warsaw would appoint a new envoy to Israel soon, according to the statement.

Duda also announced that the new Israeli ambassador-designate to Poland would present his credentials within the next few days.

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“Both presidents expressed their hope that any future issues between Poland and Israel will be solved through sincere and open dialogue and in a spirit of mutual respect,” the statement said.

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