Egyptian ambassador returns to Israel after 3-year hiatus

AP , Sunday 3 Jan 2016

Hazem Khairat
Hazem Khairat, a former ambassador to Chile, was appointed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as new ambassador to Israel (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Israel says Egypt has sent a new ambassador after a three-year hiatus.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that the ambassador, Hazem Khairat, arrived on Friday.

Israel and Egypt signed a historic peace accord in 1979, but relations have often been cool.

Egypt withdrew its ambassador in November 2012 to protest an Israeli offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. At the time, Egypt was led by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Since the ouster of Morsi in 2013, relations have steadily improved.

In September, Israel reopened its embassy in Cairo, four years after it was ransacked by a crowd protesting the deaths of five Egyptian policemen killed by Israeli forces reportedly chasing a group of Gaza militants.

*This Story has been edited by Ahram Online

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