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June 06, 2014 AT 4:52 AM
The prime minister and president of Israel both spoke with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday, to congratulate him on his victory in Egyptian presidential elections and to stress the importance of bilateral ties. Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor President Shimon Peres spoke with the previous Egyptian head of state--the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi--who was toppled from power last year by Sisi, following street protests. The Israeli leader's office said in a statement, "Prime Minister Netanyahu noted to the Egyptian president-elect the strategic importance of ties between the countries, and in sustaining the peace accords between them."