(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
former Egyptian ambassador to Israel Mohammed Bassiouny died in his
home in Egypt Sunday at the age of 74, Egyptian media reported.Bassiouny was sent to manage
the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv in 1982 after Egypt recalled its
ambassador at the time in protest of the Lebanon War. He served in that
position until he was appointed ambassador to Israel in 1986, a position
he remained in until he was recalled in 2000 in protest of the
outbreak of the Al-Aksa Intifada.
to Egyptian media reports quoting Bassiouny 's son, the former
ambassador was suffering from hypertension and diabetes and had
undergone coronary surgery recently.
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In recent years, Bassiouny found himself the center of a controversy
after being quoted saying that he worked for Egyptian intelligence
during his time in Israel, a charge which he flatly denied, calling the
Bassiouny was also caught up in a sex scandal during his time in Tel
Aviv, when he was accused of sexual harassment by a belly dancer. The
criminal complaint was dropped due to diplomatic immunity and the
sensitive nature of Egyptian-Israeli relations.