Visegrad Group summit in Israel cancelled

After Poland’s withdrawal from the Visegrad Group summit in Israel, the event has been cancelled, said the Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

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Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that there will be no Visegrad Group (V4) summit in Jerusalem. This follows Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki decision to withdraw Poland from the meeting.

Poland on Monday cancelled its participation in the V4 summit in the latest chapter of mounting bilateral tensions between the two countries following a series of comments offending Poles made by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

On Sunday, Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said that “Poles have suckled anti-Semitism with their mother’s milk” and that it was “inherent to them”.

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Polish officials have slammed his statements and called them “unacceptable” and “racist”. Mr Morawiecki said that he expects a firm reaction from the Israeli government to this situation.

The Czech Republic’s Andrej Babis said that even though the Visegrad Group summit has been cancelled the delegations from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia will meet in Israel. But it will be a series of bilateral talks instead.

Meanwhile, Israeli ambassador Anna Azari has been summoned by the Polish Foreign Ministry to give explanations on how such comments could have come out from the high-profile Israeli official. The meeting at the ministry has been concluded, but the details have not been revealed yet.