Photo courtesy of Embassy of Israel
CAIRO – 9 March 2017: Israeli Consul Yehuda Golan was in Cairo for a few hours Wednesday, making him the first Israeli diplomat to visit Egypt in four months.
Golan arrived from Turkey and after renewing his expired residence permit at the Foreign Ministry he left for Jordan on an EgyptAir flight,
Golan was expected to sign renewal contracts for the Egyptian employees at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo during his visit but this was postponed due to disagreement over some clauses in the contracts, according to Sada El Balad.
Israeli Ambassador David Govrin quietly left Egypt in November 2016, along with Golan and the staff of the diplomatic mission, but it was not until February that Israel announced it had withdrawn its officials from Egypt was for security reasons.
"Due to security concerns the return of the Foreign Ministry embassy staff to Cairo has been restricted,"
reported on Feb. 14, quoting Shin Bet, Israel's lead security agency.
In a phone-in on
Egyptian Foreign Minister Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zaid confirmed the ministry was never informed of the ambassador’s departure to Israel or the reasons behind it.
The Israeli ambassador to Egypt is currently working from Jerusalem.
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