Egypt posts ambassador to Israel after 3-year hiatus

Israel's Foreign Ministry announces that Egypt's new ambassador to the country has arrived after a three-year interval

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Israelis seen walking past the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv, August 20, 2011.

Egypt has sent a new ambassador to Israel after a three-year hiatus, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

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

Egypt withdrew its ambassador in November 2012 to protest an Israeli offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. At the time Egypt was led by President Mohammed Morsi. Since Morsi was ousted by the military in 2013, relations between Israel and Egypt have steadily improved.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Egypt's new ambassador, Hazem Khairat, arrived on Friday.

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.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment.

TRTWorld, AP