Prague Confirms Plans to Restore Relations with Israel Next Week

Czechoslovakia announced Wednesday that it will formally restore full diplomatic relations with Israel on Feb. 9.

The ceremony will be held during an official visit to Prague by Foreign Minister Moshe Arens.

Czechoslovakia will become the second Eastern European country to resume diplomatic ties with Israel, broken after the 1967 Six-Day War.

Hungary was the first. It re-established full relations with Israel on Sept. 18.

Yosef Govrin; assistant director general of the Foreign Ministry, who is in charge of East European affairs, said Wednesday that Arens’ visit to Prague is also expected to produce an agreement on educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the two countries.

Davar reported, meanwhile, that the outgoing inspector general of the Israeli police, David Kraus, has been selected to be Israel’s next ambassador to Hungary.

But his potential nomination has run into trouble from the Foreign Ministry staff, which is wary of the addition of any non-professional, political appointees to the foreign service.

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