Egypt flag 311.
(photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
The new Israeli ambassador to Egypt Yaakov Amitai visited the Foreign
Ministry in Cairo for the first time on Tuesday, Israel Radio reported.
RELATED:'Egyptians paid to storm Israeli embassy in Cairo'Egypt's press blames Israel for Eilat terror attack
Yaakov Amitai landed in Egypt Monday to begin his term, replacing
Yitzhak Levanon. The latter was ambassador when the embassy was stormed
during protests over the killing in August of Egyptian guards by IDF
troops pursuing terrorists who had killed eight Israelis on the
Staff from the Israeli embassy, located in a high-rise building in
central Cairo, were evacuated after the protests in September.
hope, God willing, that the Egyptian revolution will succeed, and peace
will continue to prevail between the two countries," Amitai told local
media at the airport in Cairo.
Amitai's landing at the Cairo
International Airport is the first time an active Israeli envoy has
entered Egypt since over 80 Foreign Ministry officials were airlifted
out of Cairo when the angry mob stormed the building where the Israeli
embassy was located.
Levanon visited last month, but said that his trip was to bid farewell to Egyptian officials upon the end of his term.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday that Amitai, a fluent Arabic
speaker who has previously served at the embassy in Cairo, was scheduled
to arrive in the Egyptian capital on Monday but did not rule out
last-minute changes to those plans.
A source in Jerusalem had said last month that Amitai would present his
credentials in December but had also said the embassy would not be
staffed or resume normal activity until acceptable security arrangements
were in place.