July 21, 2018

Egypt appoints first ambassador to Israel in three years

Egypt appoints first ambassador to Israel in three years

Egypt appointed its first ambassador to Israel since 2012 on Sunday, signalling improving ties between states that both see the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, as a threat.

Former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood recalled Cairo’s ambassador to Israel in November 2012 over an Israeli attack that left Hamas’s military commander dead and kickstarted weeks of violence.

“President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a republican decree appointing new diplomats abroad which included … Ambassador Hazem Khairat … as Egyptian ambassador to Tel Aviv,” state news agency MENA reported on Sunday.

Former army chief Sisi was elected president last year after he ousted Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against the latter’s rule. Read more

 

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