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‘Happy and Proud’, Egypt’s First Ambassador to Israel Since 2012 Presents Credentials

The Times of Israel reports: Egypt’s new ambassador to Israel hailed bilateral relations Thursday, expressing hope that the two countries’ “constructive” relationship would bring peace to the region.

Hazem Khairat (pictured right) handed his diplomatic credentials to President Reuven Rivlin (left) in Jerusalem, officially becoming Cairo’s first senior emissary to the Israel since 2012. The Egyptian embassy is in Tel Aviv.

“He told me that he is very happy and very proud to be in Israel and that he hopes that his presence here will bring about a situation in which the friendship between the Jewish people and the Arab people in general, and between the countries of the region, will be such that we can live in peace,” Rivlin told reporters after Khairat left the President’s Residence.

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