Israeli embassy in Egypt launches new website

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Mar 2016

Israeli envoy says the launch of the new site marks the 37th anniversary of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty

The Israeli embassy in Egypt launched its new website on Friday, a day before the 37th anniversary of the peace treaty between the two countries.

"To mark this occasion, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new website for the Israeli embassy in Egypt," Israeli envoy to Cairo Haim Koren said in a message on the website on Friday.

"We hope this site helps bring the people of [our] nations together," he added.

Israel reopened its embassy in Cairo in September 2015, four years after it was ransacked by a crowd amid public outrage over a cross-fire killing of five Egyptian policemen by Israeli forces chasing militants in Egypt's Sinai.

In January, Egypt sent a new ambassador to Israel, after a three-year lapse. Ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi recalled Cairo's ambassador to Israel in November 2012 to protest an Israeli offensive against Hamas group fighters in the Gaza Strip that sparked weeks-long violence.

Leaders across Egypt's political spectrum reject normalisation of Egyptian-Israeli relations, with processional syndicates and labour unions banning members from visiting Israel.

Egypt's parliament earlier in March voted to expel an MP after he held talks with the Israeli ambassador during a dinner at the parliamentarian's home.

The peace treaty was signed on 26 March 1979, and was the first such peace treaty between an Arab country and Israel.

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