(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet with President Idriss Deby of Chad while in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
The prime minister’s office is hoping to make an official declaration of normalized diplomatic relations with the northern Central African country.
The Muslim-majority Republic of Chad cut off diplomatic ties with Israel in 1972.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold visited Chad to meet with Deby, prompting reports that the two nations planned to restore ties. Netanyahu announced this year that Israel will seek to establish diplomatic relations with every African nation given weakened American leadership abroad.
Israel recently renewed diplomatic ties with the Republic of Guinea whose government had cut ties with Israel in 1967.