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Israeli ambassador arrives in Cairo after 18-day absence

February 13, 2014 at 2:56 am

The Israeli Ambassador Yaakov Amitai arrived in Cairo from Tel Aviv via Jordan on Tuesday on his first visit after the June 30 events and after an 18-day absence.

Informed sources who received Amitai said that he arrived on board a Jordanian plane from Amman with seven members of the embassy’s team.

His convoy was secured and searched to detect explosives before he moved from the VIP Lounge to his residence in the neighbourhood of Maadi. From here he currently runs the embassy’s work on a temporary basis until an alternative premises is found.

The original premises had been evacuated after being stormed by angry Egyptian protesters following the attack on Egyptian soldiers at Sinai’s eastern borders.

“Amitai,” the source added, “will conduct a number of calls with Egyptian officials about developments in the situation in Sinai and the campaign launched by the Egyptian forces against a number of terrorist groups there.”