Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in daily Fakt on Friday that at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem the truth was lost to politics and the gravity of the commemoration of Holocaust victims was compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald Lauder, is to deliver a speech at ceremonies marking the 75th liberation anniversary of the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, to be held at the camp's former site in southern Poland.
The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is to meet Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki on a Tuesday stop-over en route to the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday, the Senate Information Centre has informed PAP.
Polish Deputy PM Jacek Sasin said on Thursday that "since the conference in Jerusalem looks like a Russian-inspired event, it would be very bad if the Polish president took part in such a propaganda meeting."
The Forum of Polish Jews has criticised the fact that representatives of states which signed the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact in 1939 will give speeches at the World Holocaust Forum to be held in Jerusalem on 23 January, whereas Poland's voice will not be heard.
About 40 leaders are expected to attend the meeting at the Yad Vashem Museum later this month but only Israeli leaders and the presidents of Germany, France and Russia are due to give speeches. Duda told TVP Info: "For me the necessary condition is that I am allowed to take the floor as the Polish president alongside other heads of state."
Government spokesperson Joanna Kopcińska confirmed on Sunday earlier reports by a news website that PM Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a summit of the Central European regional group V4, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem this coming Tuesday.
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 situation of the Palestinians is like that of the Poles during the partition years, Palestinian Ambassador in Poland Mahmoud Khalifa said in a Tuesday radio interview.