Israel talks to reopen Cairo embassy after 8-month closure

In this image taken Saturday Aug. 20, 2011 shows an Israeli flag flying over the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt, a day before a young Egyptian man managed, at dawn, to climb 15 floors on a high building where the Israeli embassy is located, to remove the Israeli flag from the embassy balcony and replace it with the Egyptian flag. Hundreds of Egyptians protest the deaths of Egyptian security forces killed in a shootout between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants on Thursday in the Sinai. Egypt said Saturday it would recall its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths, sharply escalating tensions between the neighboring countries, whose 1979 peace treaty is being tested by the fall of Egypt's longtime autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

An Israeli delegation held talks with Egyptian officials this week about reopening their Cairo embassy after eight months, local newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said Israeli intelligence and foreign ministry officials were at the most recent of long-running negotiations on Sunday, which are expected to result in Ambassador David Govrin resuming his duties in the near future.

An unnamed Israeli official said the domestic intelligence agency Shin Bet and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still need to make a final decision.

Govrin and the rest of the embassy staff were called back from Cairo in late 2016 for security reasons.

The Israeli foreign ministry said it would not comment on the issue.

Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize Israel after signing a peace treaty with the self-proclaimed Jewish state in 1979.


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