CAIRO: Israel’s embassy in Cairo has reopened Wednesday, four years after it was stormed by protestors in the wake of Egypt’s 2011 uprising.
The reopening ceremony took place in the embassy’s headquarters in Cairo in the presence of Israel Ambassador Haim Koren, deputy chief of protocol of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Stephen Beecroft and Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Dore Gold, Al-Ahram reported.
“Egypt will always be the biggest and most important state in the region, and it is no wonder that the Arab world called Egypt Um al-Dunya, mother of the world.” Jerusalem Post quoted Gold Wednesday.
The Israeli embassy was shut down the same day (Sept. 9) four years ago following a mob attack after six Egyptian policemen were killed in an Israeli cross-border operation against militants in Sinai. Media outlets reported the Israeli embassy staff were not inside the building during the attack.
In November 2012, former President Mohamed Morsi issued a decision to withdraw Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel following the Israeli airstrike on Gaza Strip while in June 2015, Egypt appointed Hazem Khairat a new ambassador to Israel.