Netanyahu invited to major African summit



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi last July, during the Israeli leader's multi-nation trip to Africa. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to attend a major African summit that will include the heads of 25-30 African nations.

Netanyahu was formally invited to the summit, to be held later this year in Togo, during a meeting Monday with Togo’s Foreign Minister Robert Dussey.

“There is a China-Africa conference, a France-Africa conference, and Togo thinks we need an Africa-Israel meeting between the heads of state,” Dussey told the Jerusalem Post.  

Dussey said that several African countries—including Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda—have expressed strong support for the conference. 

“We are 54 countries in Africa,” he said, “and we will invite 54 countries. We are expecting between 25-30 heads of states, not only from West Africa, but from all over Africa.”

Conference organizers said the summit, which will be held in Togo’s capital of Lome from Oct. 16-20, will focus on “security, counter-terrorism, economic ties and cooperation in the fields of agriculture, health and education as well as new technology,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

Additionally, Togo said it will also push for Israel to have observer status within the African Union, an international organization comprising 54 African nations.

Posted on January 24, 2017 .