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Newsline: Israeli Embassy to Reopen in Cairo, Still Closed in Jordan

Israel will re-open its embassy in Cairo, nine months after it was closed due to security concerns, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. There has been no official confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this. Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, David Govrin, left Cairo with the entire embassy staff in December 2016, after Israeli security agency Shin Bet contended that their safety was endangered. According to Tuesday reports by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israeli Foreign Ministry and security teams recently traveled to Cairo to discuss new security arrangements in the embassy. Israeli diplomatic presence in Egypt has had a rocky record for the past decade, with Govrin working in Cairo rather briefly, from September 2015 to December 2016. The 2015 reopening took place after another, four year hiatus, also prompted by security concerns. In 2011, a mob of thousands protesters stormed the legation with battering rams, forcing Israel to airlift its diplomats out of Egypt. The other diplomatic crisis, between Israel and Jordan, shows no signs of resolution. Jordan banned Israel’s ambassador Einat Schlein from returning to Amman until the embassy security guard Ziv Moyal, who shot dead two Jordanians in July after being stabbed by one of them, is investigated and tried. Israeli authorities have launched a probe into the incident, but no conclusions have yet been drawn. Although Jordan described the warm welcome Moyal had received from Israeli government upon return as “provocative” and “damaging to bilateral relations” between the two countries, Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem claims there are “no issues” with Amman. They also announced a meeting scheduled for next week which will be attended by Jordanian and Palestinian Authority representatives.

https://news.google.com/news/search/section/q/embassy/embassy?hl=en&ned=us

Newsline: Italy to return ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student

Italy said it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy. Giulio Regeni was 28 when he vanished from the streets of Cairo in January 2016. His body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital on Feb. 3, showing signs of extensive torture. Italy recalled its ambassador in April 2016 as it sought to obtain evidence from Egypt to solve the murder. Magistrates in Rome and Cairo have met a half-dozen times over the past year, but no one has been charged. “The Italian government’s commitment remains to clarify the tragic disappearance of Giulio,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement. “Sending an authoritative liaison (ambassador) will help, through contacts with the Egyptian authorities, reinforce judicial cooperation and as a consequence the search for the truth,” Alfano said. Regeni, who had been looking into Egypt’s independent unions for his doctorate thesis at Cambridge, attracted the suspicion of the Cairo government before his disappearance, sources told Reuters last year. Security and intelligence sources told Reuters that Regeni had been arrested in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016, and taken into custody. Egyptian officials have denied any involvement to Regeni’s death.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-egypt-regeni-murder-idUSKCN1AU1YL

Newsline: South Sudan’s diplomat stripped of cash at Cairo airport

South Sudan’s Deputy Ambassador to Nigeria, who was denied leaving Cairo with thousands of U.S dollars on him has finally left Egypt bound for Abuja without some of the money.Mawien Makol, an official of the Foreign Affairs ministry told journalists that Deputy Ambassador, Riek Puok was carrying with him nearly $17,000 in cash while boarding a flight at the Cairo International Airport bound for Nigeria on Sunday when he was stopped at the foot of the aircraft. He said the authorities in Cairo refused to allow the diplomat to leave with the cash given that Egyptian travel regulations prohibit travelers from carrying more than $10,000.

http://journalducameroun.com/en/ssudanese-diplomat-stripped-of-cash-at-cairo-airport/

Newsline: Greek embassy takes on diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar

The Greek embassy in Doha will take on the diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar following Cairo’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with the Gulf state in the early hours of Monday, the Egyptian foreign ministry has announced. In a statement, the ministry said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri spoke to his Greek counterpart Nikos Kutzias, asking Greece to act as the representative of Egypt in Qatar and to attend to the interests of Egyptian nationals residing in Qatar, as the Egyptian embassy will be closed.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/270336/Egypt/Politics-/Greek-embassy-takes-on-diplomatic-representation-o.aspx

Newsline: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt break diplomatic ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt on Monday broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism and extremism”. Saudi Arabia’s state news agency said the kingdom had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar “proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”. It urged “all brotherly countries and companies to do the same.”

http://www.trtworld.com/mea/saudi-arabia-uae-bahrain-and-egypt-break-ties-with-qatar-372298

Newsline: Israel’s embassy in Egypt has been empty for five months

Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, Dr. David Govrin, and his diplomatic staff have been working from Jerusalem for the past five months, with the embassy in Cairo remaining empty due to the security situation in the country, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned. Last week, the Israeli diplomats received an official notice from the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Finance Department, informing them that the additional pay they receive for working abroad has been retroactively cancelled for the months they’ve spent working in Israel. The notice cites the reason for the cut: “This is an embassy that has been evacuated from the country in question.” In addition, work contracts for 30 local embassy employees—including secretaries, drivers and maintenance workers—have not been renewed, while the rental contract for the ambassador’s home in Cairo’s Maadi district hasn’t been renewed in four months. According to the Egyptian official, the ambassador and his diplomatic staff were supposed to return to Cairo several weeks ago, but “it appears that following the terror attacks in the Coptic churches, Israel went back on that decision, and we have no new information about the Israeli mission returning to Cairo.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4958371,00.html

Newsline: Egyptian embassy tries to prevent auction of 2300-year-old coffin in UK

An ancient Egyptian coffin lid being sold at auction in Cambridgeshire should be withdrawn from sale and repatriated to Egypt, embassy officials in London have said. They are furious at the refusal of Willingham Auctions to withdraw the partial sarcophagus, which dates back thousands of years. It was discovered by auctioneer Stephen Drake during a clearance of a house in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, last month. The property was the home of the big game hunter and journalist Captain “Tiger” Sarll, who is thought to have found the coffin lid in Africa and had it shipped back to Britain. He died in 1977, and his widow continued to live there until her death in 2005. The two-metre artifact is an ancient Egyptian Ptolemaic coffin top made for “Hor, son of Wenennefer” and dating back to around 330 years BC, according to an initial assessment by Egyptologists at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. An Egyptian embassy official told The Independent that sellers or owners of Egyptian antiquities “should have proper provenance and an export licence”. The Ministry of Antiquity in Cairo has instructed them to try to prevent the sale from going ahead, they added. “We tried to encourage the auction house to convince the family that we are keen to repatriate it to its country of origin. We wanted them to give it up voluntarily but unfortunately they refused.” Earlier this week, the Egyptian Embassy, London, reported the proposed sale to Scotland Yard, but it is understood that the police are powerless to act since it is a civil matter, not a criminal one. Auctioneer Stephen Drake was unrepentant: “Legally we are allowed to sell it; the vendor wants us to sell it for them, we are acting on their behalf.” He added: “While being sympathetic to the Egyptian embassy, it’s not our decision to put it into sale. The Egyptian government are welcome to bid for it.” But the Egyptian Embassy official ruled out such a move, as that would simply be “encouraging more people to loot items and put them on sale”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/egyptian-embassy-tries-to-prevent-auction-of-2300yearold-coffin-lid-in-cambridgeshire-9730073.html