Israel Says It’s Being Excluded from Egyptian Diplomatic Briefings

Israeli ambassador to Egypt David Govrin YouTube screengrab
Israeli ambassador to Egypt David Govrin YouTube screengrab

The Times of Israel reports: Israel has reportedly lodged a formal complaint with Egypt for regularly excluding it from diplomatic events and briefings.

A recent missive from Ambassador to Egypt David Govrin said “Israel’s embassy in Cairo wishes to express its chagrin over the fact that it has never been invited” to briefings held by the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Kan public broadcaster reported Thursday. According to the report, that included a briefing on Islamic State in Sinai, a matter on which the Egyptian and Israeli militaries are believed to cooperate closely.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon would not confirm the complaint, saying, “We do not comment on internal ministry communications.” Since they established diplomatic relations in 1978 after years of hostility and a series of wars, ties between Israel and Egypt have historically been civil but frosty.

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