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Netanyahu meets Chadian president ahead of embassy opening

“We believe that our cooperation can help not only advance our relations, but it is also part of Israel's coming back to Africa and Africa coming back to Israel,” said the Israeli premier.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno in Jerusalem on Feb. 1, 2023. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno in Jerusalem on Feb. 1, 2023. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday in Jerusalem with Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, who is in the Jewish state to dedicate the African country’s embassy.

In January 2019, Netanyahu and previous Chadian President Idriss Deby agreed on the resumption of diplomatic relations at a ceremony in N’djamena. Chad had severed ties with Israel in 1972 due to pressure from Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

“Israel and Chad established relations between our two countries with your late father. It is in our view a tremendously important relationship with a major country in the heart of Africa,” Netanyahu told the visiting leader on Wednesday. “It is something that we want to carry to new levels, new heights, and your visit here in Israel and the opening of the embassy is a reflection of that.

“We believe that our cooperation can help not only advance our relations, but it is also part of Israel’s coming back to Africa and Africa coming back to Israel. We have common goals of security, prosperity and stability,” he added.

The two leaders are slated to hold a private meeting and then an expanded one being attended by, among others, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, Mossad Director David Barnea, National Security Council Director Tzachi Hanegbi, Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Saleh Annadif and Defense Minister Daoud Yaya Brahim.

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