Egypt Appoints First Ambassador To Israel In Three Years


Hazem KhairatEgyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has authorized new appointments for Egypt’s diplomatic staff around the world, including a new ambassador to Israel, Ynet reports.

The new ambassador, Hazem Khairat, has previously served as the assistant to the deputy foreign minister on diplomatic and consular matters. Khairat will replace Atef Salem el-Ahl, the current ambassador to Israel.

The Israeli foreign ministry has authorized reports coming out of Egypt on the appointment, and has issued a statement on the matter, saying: “The Foreign Ministry welcomes the appointment.”

The outgoing ambassador, Salam, has been serving from Egypt since 2012, when then-president of Egypt Mohammed Morsi withdrew him from Tel Aviv in protest over operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. Since then, the ambassador has not returned to Tel Aviv.

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