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Israel appoints its first female ambassador to Egypt

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Oct 2018
File Photo: Israel diplomat Amira Oron
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Israel has appointed diplomat Amira Oron as its first female ambassador to Egypt since the two countries signed a peace accord in 1979, according to a statement published on the Israeli foreign ministry's Facebook page. 

The statement said that Oron is the second woman to serve as an ambassador to an Arab state. The first was Einat Klein, who served as ambassador to Jordan.

"Oron is a diplomat with extensive experience. She started working at the foreign ministry 27 years ago," the statement said. 

The diplomat has occupied several positions including deputy director of the Arabic media department at the Israeli embassy in Egypt.

From 2014 to 2016, Turkey lowered the status of Israel’s ambassador to that of an embassy official — a position which Oron filled, becoming the first woman to be appointed as head of the embassy in Turkey.

Oron studied Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and is fluent in Arabic.

Oron will succeed diplomat David Govrin, who has been serving as Israel’s ambassador to Cairo since 2016.

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