Is­rael’s first am­bas­sador to Cairo flu­ent in Ara­bic, stud­ied Is­lamic, Mid­dle East­ern stud­ies

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Fatma Lotfi

Is­rael’s For­eign Min­istry has named Amira Oron, as Is­rael next am­bas­sador to Egypt, to be the first women to hold the post since the sign­ing of the Camp David Ac­cords in 1979.

Oron, who re­places David Govrin who has held the Cairo post since 2016, served as Is­rael’s chargé d’af­faires in Ankara, Tur­key from 2014 to 2016.

She is the first woman to serve as Is­rael’s am­bas­sador to Cairo, and the sec­ond woman to be cho­sen as the coun­try am­bas­sador to an Arab coun­try af­ter Ei­nat Klein, who was top Is­rael diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Jor­dan.

Oron is flu­ent in Ara­bic, and stud­ied Is­lamic and Mid­dle East­ern stud­ies, ac­cord­ing to Is­raeli me­dia.

She has served in many posts in the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry since 1991. She was as a staff mem­ber of the Is­raeli em­bassy in Cairo and deputy spokesper­son as well as head of the min­istry’s Arab Me­dia Depart­ment.

The Is­raeli em­bassy in Cairo closed on Septem­ber 2011, af­ter thou­sands of Egyp­tian protesters stormed the con­sulate, call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to cut ties with Is­rael.

The em­bassy re­opened again in Septem­ber 2015, and it closed again late in 2016, due to se­cu­rity threats then re­opened in 2017.

On 17 Septem­ber 1979, Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent An­war Sa­dat, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Me­nachem Be­gin, and US Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter signed the Camp David Ac­cords.

The agree­ment in­cluded a for­mal peace treaty be­tween Egypt and Is­rael, the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions, and the with­drawal of Is­rael from the Sinia Penin­sula as well as re­solv­ing the Pales­tinian is­sue.

Amira Oron has served in many posts in the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry since 1991

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