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Israeli embassy in Cairo remains "homeless"

February 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it has been unable to find a new location for its embassy in Cairo, describing the diplomatic staff there as “homeless”. The embassy was shut down last September after it was stormed by Egyptian demonstrators demanding an end to the Camp David peace agreement between the two countries.

In a statement, the ministry said that it has been looking, without success, for a “more secure” location for its embassy. Noting the considerable difficulties that face Tel Aviv in finding an alternative site for the embassy, the statement pointed out that due to the growing popular demands to cancel the bilateral peace treaty and close the embassy altogether, “no one in Egypt is ready to rent offices to the Israeli government for this purpose”.

Nevertheless, the Foreign Ministry confirmed that the Israeli Ambassador, Yaakov Amitai, continues to perform his diplomatic mission in Cairo, returning to Tel Aviv at the end of each week.