Polish foreign minister resigns

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has tendered his resignation to the prime minister on Thursday, PAP was told by the Foreign Ministry on Thursday morning.

"The minister said earlier that the conclusion of the presidential election is a good moment for a change at the helm of Polish diplomacy and expressed the conviction that his successor will continue the current policy and contribute to further strengthening of Poland's international position," the Foreign Ministry's press office told PAP on Thursday.

Czaputowicz served as foreign minister since January 2018. He has been working for the Foreign Ministry since 1990.

President Andrzej Duda, who won a second term of office in July, was sworn-in on August 6.

It is the second ministerial resignation in PM Mateusz Morawiecki's cabinet this week after Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski stepped down on Tuesday.

Michal Dworczyk, head of the Prime Minister's Office, confirmed on Twitter on Thursday that the prime minister had accepted Czaputowicz's resignation. Dworczyk added that Morawiecki will present a new candidate for the foreign minister along with the person that will replace the health minister.

Polish President Andrzej Duda's chief aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, told PAP on Thursday that Duda had thanked Czaputowicz for "two and a half years of good cooperation in the area of foreign policy."