Egypt: Goodbye Israel, Hello Iran

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The two following articles below were originally posted on PressTV.

‘Israel envoy leaves Egypt after protest’

Mon Apr 18, 2011

A file photo shows Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Yitzhak Levanon

Israel’s ambassador to Cairo has reportedly left Egypt days after over a million Egyptian protesters called for his expulsion and an end to the plight of the Palestinians.

Yitzhak Levanon would be in Tel Aviv for the next couple of days, reports said, giving no details about the reason behind the envoy’s departure.

The reported departure comes days after massive crowds of demonstrators gathered in Cairo’s Liberation Square on April 8, urging the country to cease its cooperation with the crippling Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip, in place since mid-June 2007.

In a separate demonstration, Egyptian protesters rallied outside the Israeli Embassy in the capital, Cairo, where they set fire to the Israeli flag.

On both occasions the demonstrators called on Cairo to issue Levanon the boot order.

The Egyptians launched a revolution against the pro-Israeli regime in January, which eventually put an end to the 30-year-long rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

During the protests, Tel Aviv allowed Cairo to deploy Egyptian troops to the Sinai Peninsula, despite the area only being open to Egypt’s police forces in line with a bilateral peace accord.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the new Egyptian government could become hostile towards Tel Aviv, saying he is “especially concerned” over remarks made by Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi.

The Egyptian statesman, along with other senior officials, has reportedly called Israel Egypt’s “enemy.”

Commenting on the possibility of economic ties with Tel Aviv, Egypt’s Finance Minister Samir Radwan has also stressed that Cairo does not need investments from “the enemy.”

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‘Iran appoints ambassador to Egypt’

Mon Apr 18, 2011

A file photo of veteran Iranian diplomat Ali Akbar Sibouyeh

The Islamic Republic of Iran has appointed Ali Akbar Sibouyeh as the country’s first ambassador to Egypt in over 30 years following the Egyptian revolution, a report says.

Sibouyeh’s appointment comes after negotiations between Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi, Mashregh News reported on its website on Monday.

The son of renowned Ayatollah Sibouyeh, the new Iranian ambassador, has held different positions in Iran’s Foreign Ministry for 28 years. He headed the translation department of the ministry in the 90s and was subsequently appointed as Iran’s chargé d’affaires in Tunisia, where he held the position for some four years, the report added.

His installation comes on the heels of the Egyptian revolution, which led to the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak and a thaw of relations between Tehran and Cairo.

Earlier in April, the Egyptian foreign minister called for normalization of ties with Iran, saying Cairo is committed to seeking to improve its long-frozen relations with Tehran.

On Sunday, the Iranian foreign minister and visiting Secretary General of Egypt’s Amal Party Magdi Hussein called for the strengthening of ties between the two Muslim nations.

The post-revolution Egypt looks poised to turn a new page in its relations with the Islamic Republic as the Egyptian top diplomat, Arabi, said his country will witness a new phase in its ties with Iran.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran’s deposed monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

About B.J. Murphy

I'm a young socialist and Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region, who writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), India Future Society, and Serious Wonder. I'm also the Social Media Manager for Serious Wonder, an Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, and a Co-Editor for Fight Back! News.

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