| Updated at: 2200 PST, Friday, February 11, 2011|
JERUSALEM: Israel hopes that the transition of power in Egypt after the departure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be conducted "smoothly," a government official said on Friday.
"We hope that the transition to democracy, for Egypt and for its neighbours, will be done smoothly," the official told, speaking on condition of anonymity shortly after Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in power and handed control to the Egyptian army.
But the official stressed the need to preserve the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, which was signed two years before Mubarak came to power.
"This treaty serves the interests of the two countries and constitutes a guarantee for the stability of the entire region," the official said.
He also stressed that the moment was "too important to make premature remarks" about the outcome, while adding that Israel was bound to feel some trepidation over the uncertainty created by Mubarak's departure. (AFP)