New Israeli Ambassador to Egypt appointed in Cairo

Four years after the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and despite the many challenges along the way, Israeli Ambassador David Govrin submitted his credentials to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Govrin is the new Israeli ambassador Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Today, David Govrin submitted his official credentials Egyptian President el-Sisi, becoming the 13th Israeli Ambassador to Egypt. “The ceremony was held in the Heliopolis Palace and included the military orchestra’s performance of HaTikvah in the palace courtyard,” the newly appointed ambassador said. “This occasion was especially moving. At the end of the [Israeli] national anthem, I was led to the palace living room, where I introduced myself to the President and handed him my credentials signed by Israeli President [Reuven] Rivlin.”

“During the short conversation I held afterwards with the President, he asked about my personal background,” Govrin continued. “Among other things, I mentioned my prior knowledge of Egypt including my previous service in Cairo and my academic studies in the field of the Middle East. The President warmly and cordially shook my hand and stressed the extreme importance that he places on the relations with Israel.”

Govrin might have only officially become the ambassador today, but he has already been in Cairo for a month managing the communication between Cairo and Jerusalem during a very sensitive time in the two countries’ relations with each other.

David Govrin has a doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies, is fluent in Arabic and led the Israeli Foreign Ministry division responsible for the relations with North Africa and Jordan. His Egyptian counterpart Hazem Khairat has been in Tel Aviv since January and is the first ambassador to Israel since former president Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Israel re-opened its embassy in Cairo about a year ago, just four years after the attack on the Israeli Embassy that led to the dramatic aerial rescue of the diplomatic staff.

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