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Low Key Reaction to Recall of Egyptian Ambassador

Israel kept its reaction deliberately low-key today to the announcement that Egyptian Ambassador Sood Mortada has been summoned home for consultations. Mortada delivered the news personally to Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and later met at his own request for close to an hour with President Yitzhak Navon. Both Israeli leaders expressed the hope that he would be back soon, and he, according to Israeli sources, joined in that hope.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials said that Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt, Moshe Sasson, who is in Jerusalem on home leave for Rosh Hashonah, would return to his post as scheduled when his leave ended. There was no intention of “reciprocating” by keeping Sasson here “for consultations, “too, the officials said.