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Israel and Poland agree to restore their relations ‘to their proper course’

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Israel’s President Isaac Herzog spoke with Poland”s President Andrzej Duda. In their phone call, the two presidents discussed the promotion of their countries’ bilateral relations. The two countries will return their respective ambassadors.

Israel and Poland agreed to restore their relations to their proper course, said a statement issued after Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke on the phone with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

They discussed the promotion of their countries’ bilateral relations.

In a joint initiative coordinated jointly with the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Israeli president requested the return of the ambassador of Poland. President Duda agreed that the Polish ambassador should be appointed soon and announced that the new Israeli ambassador-designate to Poland will present his letters of credence within the next few days.

‘’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,’’ Herzog’s office said.

Bilateral relations deteriorated sharply last year after the Polish parliament passed a legislation effectively prohibiting any future restitution to the heirs of property seized by the Nazis during WWII.

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

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