Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Egypt sends its envoy back to Israel

Egypt’s new ambassador to Israel arrived in Tel Aviv Friday, ending a period of over three years in which the embassy had no top envoy. Times of Israel reports:

Hazem Khairat, Egypt's new ambassador to Israel (photo: Times of Israel)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Hazem Khairat’s arrival. 

“I welcome the re-stationing of an Egyptian ambassador to Israel, which will enable us to further strengthen relations with this important and central Arab country,” he said during the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Jerusalem.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed Khairat’s arrival in a short statement Sunday, adding that the ministry wished him “good luck.”

The Foreign Ministry said it was unclear when Khairat would present his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin, but that it would likely happen soon.

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