Polish PM will not attend V4 summit in Israel, website reports

PM Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a summit of the Central European regional group V4, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem this coming Tuesday, the website wPolityce.pl reported on Sunday.

The V4, or the Visegrad Group in full, comprises the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

In a telephone conversation, PM Morawiecki has informed his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, who will also attend the summit, that Poland will be represented by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, the website also said.

According to wPolityce.pl, the conversation was "very good". "Netanyahu assured Morawiecki that he completely accepts their joint declaration from last year."

Earlier, it was reported that PM Morawiecki would take part in the summit.

Later on Sunday, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michał Dworczyk, confirmed that Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz will represent Poland at the summit.

Last June, Morawiecki in Warsaw and Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv signed a joint statement which emphasised that the contacts between Poland and Israel and between their societies "have been based on well-grounded trust and understanding" and on cooperation in the international arena, as well as on matters regarding preservation of memory and education of the Holocaust.

Morawiecki and Netanyahu also called for a return to "civil and respectful dialogue in the public discourse."

The announcement of the declaration came after Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law an amendment to a January anti-defamation law. The amendment repeals a clause penalising with a prison term suggestions of Polish complicity in Nazi crimes during World War Two. The act in the previous form met with criticism from Israel and the United States among other countries.