Netanyahu, Peres congratulate Sisi on electoral win

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Published Friday, June 6, 2014

The prime minister and president of Israel both spoke with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday to congratulate him on his victory in Egyptian presidential elections and to stress the importance of bilateral ties.

The separate phone calls came two days before Sisi was due to be installed in office following his comprehensive ballot-box win last month.

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor President Shimon Peres spoke with the previous Egyptian head of state, the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mursi, who was toppled from power last year by Sisi following street protests.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu noted to the Egyptian president-elect the strategic importance of ties between the countries and in sustaining the peace accords between them," the Israeli leader's office said in a statement.

Peres's office said that at the end of their conversation: "President Sisi thanked President Peres for his warm words."

Egypt and Israel signed a historic peace treaty in 1979

Although Mursi never threatened to renounce the treaty, Israeli officials were relieved to see an end to his Muslim Brotherhood rule.

"Israel is committed to maintain the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and to strengthening the cooperation between our nations," Peres's office said.

It was not immediately clear if any Israelis would be invited to Sisi's inauguration. The new Israeli ambassador has not yet presented his diplomatic credentials in Cairo, meaning that he has not been handed an invitation, officials said.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

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