Israel, Poland to Exchange Diplomats

Israel and Poland are shortly to exchange diplomats to head interest sections in Warsaw and Tel Aviv, according to diplomatic sources. Agreement on the exchange was reached at recent meetings in New York between Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Polish Foreign Minister Stefan Olszowski when both were attending the UN General Assembly.

Full details are still to be worked out, but it is known that the Polish diplomat will operate from the offices of the Polish-Israel Bank, which has operated without interruption in Tel Aviv despite the break in diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Israeli diplomat will probably be housed in and operate from the building which formerly served as the Israel Embassy in Warsaw.

Foreign Ministry sources say they hope the opening of the interest sections will lead to the operation of similar semi-diplomatic representations with other East European countries.

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