Reda to Attend Treaty Ceremonies

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Yasser Reda will attend ceremonies commemorating the 30th anniversary of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Reda, who reportedly awaited instructions from Cairo, accepted the invitation three days before the events -- a seminar at Hebrew University and a reception hosted by the Foreign Ministry -- to confirm his attendance.

"It seems there was much ado about nothing, which was inflated in the media," Amira Oron, director of the Foreign Ministry's Egypt Desk, told reporters Sunday at the opening of the Bible Land Museum's "Echoes of Egypt" exhibit.

"We waited for an answer from the Egyptians and it was received. We will be happy to see the ambassador [at the events]," she said.

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Shalom Cohen said Cairo often takes its time deciding.

"If something happens regarding policy or militarily or regarding one event or another that is not so comfortable, it's possible they will say, 'No we will not come.' It's not a boycott. It's simply their policy," he said.

Both ambassadors, Reda and Cohen, will speak at Thursday's seminar, hosted by Hebrew University's Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

The seminar is open to the public.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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