Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Israeli ambassador leaves Cairo permanently sans farewell reception

Al-Masry Al-Youm

"Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Yitzhak Levanon left Cairo early Tuesday morning, marking the end of his term as Israel’s envoy in Cairo.

Informed sources at Cairo International Airport said Levanon boarded a Turkish plane bound for Istanbul and that no Foreign Ministry officials arrived at the airport to bid him farewell, as is the usual protocol for ambassadors leaving permanently.

Levanon arrived to Cairo from Turkey early Sunday morning to formally say goodbye to Egyptian officials. He has been in Israel since September due to rioting outside the Israeli Embassy that forced him and other embassy staff to leave.

During his visit, he met with Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr for the final time.

Israel has appointed Yaakov Amitai to replace Levanon as ambassador."

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