Egypt is not withdrawing Israel envoy, diplomat says

By REUTERS
August 23, 2011 18:49

 
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CAIRO - Egypt is not preparing to withdraw its ambassador to Israel, an Egyptian diplomat said on Tuesday, playing down an earlier threat to bring home the envoy in protest at the killing of five Egyptian security personnel near the Israeli border.

The deaths, which Egypt blamed on Israel, sparked the deepest crisis in their relations since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February and four days of angry protests near the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Egypt's cabinet posted an online statement on Saturday - which it then withdrew - saying the killing of the Egyptians was a breach of Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel and it would withdraw its envoy in protest.

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