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Israeli envoy lodge complaint over exclusion from diplomatic events

Thursday 11/January/2018 - 11:40 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
Israeli Ambassador to Cairo David Govrin has submitted a letter of protest to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry over preventing him and Israeli diplomats in Cairo to attend any public celebrations or events organized by the foreign ministry، Israeli-run radio reported.

A recent missive from Govrin said “Israel’s embassy in Cairo wishes to express its chagrin over the fact that it has never been invited” to briefings held by the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry، the Kan public broadcaster reported Thursday.

Govrin made it clear that all the accredited embassies in Egypt are invited to attend different events organized by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry، while only the Israeli ambassador is not invited، voicing his total rejecting over such treatment by Egyptian officials.

After 1973 war، considered by the vast majority of Egyptians as a victory، a peace treaty was signed in Washington in 1979 between president Anwar Sadat and prime minister Menachem Begin.

On the surface، there is nothing about the Egyptian-Israeli cold peace that appears warm. Israel was not represented at the last Cairo International Book Fair. Official meetings with Israelis are controversial – a lawmaker Tawfik Okasha was heavily reprimanded for sitting down with the Israeli ambassador in 2016.

In September، Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York in the first-ever public sit-down between the two leaders.

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