Polish Foreign Minister Visits Israel

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
November 28, 2000

The Foreign Minister of Poland, Professor Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, arrived in Israel on November 28, accompanied by his wife, for a three-day working visit, as the guest of Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami. Professor Bartoszewski is to meet with the President of Israel, the Knesset Speaker, the Minister for Regional Development and the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi.

Professor Bartoszewski was the special guest of the Knesset during the Poland National Day events, on November 28. The events included a ceremony marking ten years of renewed Israeli-Polish diplomatic relations, and a "This Is Poland" exhibition. The Minister will visit Yad Vashem, and will participate in a ceremony dedicated to the memory of the renowned Jewish-Polish educator, Janos Korczak, that will take place in ZOA House, in Tel Aviv.

Israel attaches great importance to its relations with Poland, in view of the common history of the two peoples and the memory of the Holocaust. Today, the ties between Israel and Poland cover many areas. The volume of Israeli exports to Poland stands today at around $160 million, and it is the highest total for Israeli exports in Eastern Europe. Israeli investments in Poland reached a total of $1 billion.

The Polish Foreign Minister is a true friend and an honorary citizen of Israel, a righteous gentile and a Chairman of the Poland-Israel Friendship Association. He was a prisoner at the Auschwitz Death Camp, and one of the leaders of the Polish organization that rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Professor Bartoszewski serves today as the Chairman of the International Committee for the Preservation of Auschwitz.