Britain condemns attack on Israeli embassy in Egypt

10th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday condemned an attack by protesters on the Israeli embassy in Egypt that prompted the ambassador to flee.

"I strongly condemn the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo," said Cameron in a statement released by his office.

"We have urged the Egyptian authorities to meet their responsibilities under the Vienna Convention to protect diplomatic property and personnel, including the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

"They have reassured us that they take these very seriously."

Six embassy staff had to be plucked to safety by Egyptian commandos after protesters stormed the building late on Friday, an unnamed Israeli official said.

Ambassador Yitzhak Levanon, other staff and dependants all left Egypt but a senior diplomat remained behind, he said.

The embassy attack was the worst since Israel established its mission in Egypt after becoming the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state in 1979.

Cameron urged Egypt, whose long-time president Hosni Mubarak was forced out of power in February by a revolt, to respect the accord.

"The Egyptian authorities have previously said that they will uphold Egypt's international agreements including its peace treaty with Israel," said the prime minister.

"We welcome this and look to Egypt to honour this commitment."

© 2011 AFP

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