CAIRO (AA) – Israel’s embassy in Cairo reopened Wednesday, four years after it evacuated its staff following a popular uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Speaking at a ceremony in the Egyptian capital, Dore Gold, director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said Egypt would “always be the biggest and most important state in the region”.
Gold, who arrived in Cairo earlier Wednesday, added: “We are working together for the sake of stability and prosperity in the Middle East.”
During the ceremony, the Israeli flag was raised above the embassy building.
The move comes four years after embassy staff was hastily evacuated from Cairo after protesters tore down the Israeli flag and ransacked the building.
There was no comment from Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on the embassy’s reopening Wednesday.
Egypt and Israel remain in a state of “cold peace” despite the signing of a peace treaty in 1979.
Israel, which occupied Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for six years prior to the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, is still viewed in a negative light among much of the Egyptian public due to its heavy-handed treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
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