A special parliamentary committee has been tasked with investigating member of parliament Tawfiq Okasha’s meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt in his home last Wednesday, according to Parlmany, a website dedicated to parliamentary news coverage.
A picture of Okasha posing with Israeli Ambassador Haim Koren was posted on the Israeli Embassy’s Facebook page on Thursday. According to the embassy, the meeting lasted three hours and both Okasha and Koren determined to meet again and cooperate further.
The controversial meeting prompted parliament to form a special committee to investigate several recent complaints against Okasha by MPs demanding he be sacked for “violating parliament traditions,” Parlmany reported.
Okasha’s meeting with the Israeli ambassador was the main subject of debate during Sunday’s parliamentary session, with several MPs criticizing Okasha’s approach towards normalization with Israel. Some even suggested he be referred to hospital for mental health issues.
As soon as Okasha walked in, MP Kamal Ahmed attacked him with his shoe, which is reportedly being investigated.
Okasha was banned from three sessions for his conduct towards parliamentary Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, as well as media statements he made “insulting parliament, state institutions and symbols.” In response, Okasha reportedly apologized and promised not to disrupt sessions again.
The controversial MP was asked to leave a parliamentary session last week after he lost his temper and interrupted another MP, yelling that he had requested to speak. Abdel Aal reportedly warned Okasha to settle down a number of times, before taking a vote to have him removed from the session.
Okasha said he had informed intelligence services of the ambassador’s visit and stressed there is no penalty against hosting a foreign ambassador, during a talk show on his channel “Al-Faraeen” (Egypt Today).
He added that the only two ambassadors he would never meet are from Qatar and Turkey, unless both nations financially support Egypt.