JERUSALEM (Jul. 23)
Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir cabled his “warmest felicitations” to Cairo today on the occasion of Egypt’s National Day which marks the military coup that ousted the Farouk monarchy 33 years ago.
Shamir’s message was addressed to his Egyptian counterpart, Foreign Minister Ahmed Esmat Abdel-Meguid. It expressed hope that “bonds will become stronger” between Israel and Egypt. Egypt is the only Arab nation to have a peace treaty with Israel, signed in 1979. Relations became chilled during the Lebanon war when Egypt recalled its Ambassador from Tel Aviv. But efforts were renewed this year to settle outstanding bilateral issues between the two countries.