Poland open to meeting with Israel after Holocaust spat

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Poland’s Foreign Minister said his country is open to a meeting with Israel also involving other countries from central Europe, after it pulled out of a similar meeting last week.

Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said yesterday after talks with his Hungarian counterpart in Budapest that there are “no obstacles” to the meeting, although “some things still have to be cleared up with the Israeli side”.

Poland pulled out of the February 19 meeting after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Poles had cooperated with the Nazis during the Holocaust and Israel’s acting foreign minister referenced a quote from former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

Regarding Brexit, Czaputowicz said Poland would support delaying the EU-Britain breakup “if it helps work out a better position.”

Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz (R) and Hungary’s Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto arrive for a press conference on the sidelines of their meeting in Budapest yesterday. – AFP