Egypt ambassador in Israel: We hope to play football together

Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Yasser Reda has expressed hopes to see a football match played between the the Egyptian and Israeli national teams in the near future. His statements were made on Wednesday during a seminar at Tel Aviv University.

Reda expressed this wish in response to a question by an audience member. “We don’t have a problem with that. What I’m saying represents my country,” Reda said.

Reda was at Tel Aviv University to deliver a lecture to mark 31 years since the signing of the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. His lecture tackled several issues including Iran’s nuclear program and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Answering a question on the Egyptian opposition, Reda said, “the Egyptian opposition isn’t opposed to the peace treaty or Israel. Those people don’t want war. Most of the world wants peace.” He went on saying “It’s the same here in Israel…we need to go back to the negotiating table. This will reflect positively on all parties.”

Responding to a question by a reporter from the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth regarding Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to Egypt, Reda said “If there’s a political will, the Israelis and Palestinians should be able to reach a peace agreement within one year.”

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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