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The Foreign Ministry is looking to return its staff to Cairo, even as it
reassigned two of the staff members once stationed there.
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night, its director-general Rafael Barak returned from a one-day trip to Cairo
in which he sought new quarters for the embassy, which was evacuated in
September after a street mob stormed it.
He spoke with senior Egyptian
officials about the immediate resumption of the embassy’s work and its return to
Cairo, according to the Foreign Ministry.
The Egyptians were friendly and
offered to help Israel restore its diplomatic force there, the Foreign Ministry
said in a press statement.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel
Radio, “We are ready to re-open [the embassy] the moment we can send our staff.
We are in constant contact with the Egyptian authorities.”
must be assured before Israel reopens it embassy, he added.
No date has
been set for Israel’s diplomatic return to Egypt, but contacts with Egypt on the
issue will continue over the next few days.
However, when the Israeli
embassy re-opens there, a number of its staff won’t return.
Tikochinsky was reassigned to Israel’s UN mission in New York, and Amit Maclada
was appointed deputy chief of mission in Sao Paulo.
to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, retires at the end of the month. Yaakov Amitai will