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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Hermann Eilts, 84


Hermann Eilts of Wellesley, a retired diplomat whose rapport with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat helped smooth the way for the 1978 Camp David peace accord, has died. He was 84.

Mr. Eilts was in the Foreign Service from 1947 to 1979. He was named ambassador to Egypt after the United States reestablished diplomatic relations with that country in the early 1970s.

"His perseverance, knowledge, and relationships in the region were instrumental in crafting a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel that to this day remains unbroken," former President Jimmy Carter said in a statement.

After retiring from the Foreign Service, Mr. Eilts had been a professor of international relations at Boston University, the Globe reports in an obituary today.

Mr. Eilts leaves a wife, two sons, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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