Egypt sends ambassador to Israel after three-year hiatus

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

Ambassador Hazem Hairat arrived on Friday, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said Sunday.

Israel and Egypt signed a peace accord in 1979, but their relations are often described as a "cold peace."

Egypt, at the time ruled by Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, withdrew its ambassador during an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip in November 2012.

Ties have somewhat improved since Morsi was ousted in 2013 by the army, then led by Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and now the Egyptian president.

The Gaza war in 2014 also delayed the return of an ambassador.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the return of the Egyptian ambassador, saying it "will allow us to improve even more our relationship with a state that is central and important in our region."

Last update: Sun, 03/01/2016 - 18:21

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