Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the appointment of Egypt's next ambassador to Israel at the opening of his meeting with visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, calling it "an important piece of news."
Egypt's announced on Sunday it had named Hazem Khairat as the country's next ambassador to Israel.
Netanyahu said this is something Israel appreciates and "deeply welcomes," and that he believes it is "very good for cementing the peace that exists between Egypt and Israel."
Khairat, who served previously as Egypt's envoy to the Arab League and who also served as ambassador to Chile, will replace Atef Salem, who served in Israel only briefly in 2012. Khairat is to be the first full time Egyptian ambassador residing in Tel Aviv since then.