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Israel's foreign ministry ends strike that shut embassies and cast doubt on Papal visit

Israel's foreign ministry workers have ended their strike that shut embassies worldwide and cast doubt on the upcoming trip to Israel by Pope Francis.

Spokesman Paul Hirschson said Wednesday evening that an agreement had been reached with the finance ministry. He did not have further details.

Israel's foreign ministry went on strike last Sunday demanding higher salaries as well as cost-of-living adjustments and better conditions for diplomats' spouses who give up careers when their families are sent abroad.

Israel's more than 100 embassies and consulates closed for the first time in the country's history during the strike.

The ministry is tasked with coordinating visits by foreign dignitaries and the strike worried many in Israel that it could jeopardize the Pope's visit at the end of May.