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Israeli PM to visit Chad for Resumption of Diplomatic Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay visit to Chad on January 20 to resume diplomatic ties with the North Central African country since 1972.

According to the Prime Minister’s office in a statement, Netanyahu will leave for a “historic visit” to Chad and will meet Chadian President Idriss Deby,

The visit follows a trip by Deby, who arrived in Jerusalem for a two-day official visit last November. The two leaders held meetings in which they discussed the fight against terrorism and bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, solar energy, and water.

Netanyahu had said he would fly to Chad, where he and Deby “will announce the resumption of diplomatic relations.”

Chad, a Muslim-majority country in central Africa, and Israel severed their diplomatic relations in 1972.

Most Muslim or Arab countries do not have formal ties with Israel.

Netanyahu praised the warming ties with Chad as an example of how Israel can form relations in Africa and the Middle East regardless of the continuing conflict with the Palestinians.

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