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US approves new Polish ambassador

30.09.2021 08:30
Washington has formally agreed for Marek Magierowski to take over as Polish ambassador to the United States, a spokesman for Poland's foreign ministry has confirmed.
Marek Magierowski
Marek MagierowskiPR24

Having secured the so-called agrément from the US Department of State, Magierowski now needs approval from the foreign affairs committee in the Polish lower house of parliament to assume the role, public broadcaster Polish Radio's IAR news agency reported.    

“We welcome the completion of the procedure on the American side and await further steps by the parliamentary committee,” the Polish foreign ministry’s spokesman, Łukasz Jasina, told the state PAP news agency late on Wednesday.

He added that, subject to getting the go-ahead from Polish lawmakers, the ministry was hoping to install the new envoy before the year was out. 

Magierowski, a former journalist, press secretary to President Andrzej Duda and high-ranking foreign ministry official, is currently Poland’s ambassador to Israel.

He has held the post since June 2018, but he left Israel this summer and has remained in Poland in the wake of a bilateral row over a disputed Polish law that Tel Aviv said could make it more difficult for Israeli survivors to reclaim property confiscated by Nazi Germans during World War II.

Amid the dispute, the Israeli foreign ministry last month recommended that Magierowski, who was on vacation in his home country at the time, did not return to Israel but remain in Poland.

In Washington, Magierowski is set to replace Piotr Wilczek, who has been Poland’s ambassador to the United States since November 2016, Polish Radio’s White House correspondent reported.


Source: IAR, PAP