JERUSALEM - Israel's president and prime minister have sent separate letters to Egypt's new Islamist president, congratulating him on his election victory and calling for continued peace between the neighboring countries, Israeli officials said Sunday.
Israeli officials have grown jittery over the future of relations with Egypt since last year's ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
The election of Mohammed Morsi, 60, a U.S.-trained engineer from the Muslim Brotherhood, has deepened those concerns. Morsi took office Saturday.
Israel's high-profile outreach reflected the importance Israel places on its peace treaty with Egypt. The 1979 agreement, Israel's first with an Arab country, has been a cornerstone of Israeli security policy for three decades, allowing the military to focus on more volatile fronts with Lebanon, Syria, and the Palestinian territories.