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Israel and Poland to Exchange Diplomatic Representatives

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Israel and Poland are preparing to exchange diplomatic representatives a move which may open the way for the establishment of full diplomatic relations some time in the future.

Yediot Achronot reported Tuesday that a delegation from the Polish Foreign Ministry visited Israel last week and an official Israeli delegation will leave for Warsaw in the next few days.

The Polish party reportedly inspected a building in Tel Aviv, formerly a Polish bank, where the Polish mission will be housed. Renovation work is expected to begin immediately. They also met with senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem.

The Israeli delegation will go to Poland to check arrangements at The Nether lands Embassy in Warsaw where Israel’s mission will be located. According to Yediot Achronot, the mission will be headed by Mordechai Paltzor who was attached to the Israel Embassy in Warsaw before Poland broke relations with Israel nearly 20 years ago.

There will be no official ceremonies when the exchange of representatives is effected but Israel and Poland will issue a joint statement. Foreign Ministry sources expressed hope Tuesday that other Soviet-bloc countries would follow Poland’s example.

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