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WorldIsrael and Chad revive diplomatic relations, call for closer security ties

18:20  20 january  2019
18:20  20 january  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Israel confirmed a diplomatic rapprochement with Muslim-majority Chad on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to the Chadian capital to stress their mutual interest in confronting Islamist insurgencies. Seeking to rebuild ties with Africa damaged by the.

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Israel confirmed a diplomatic rapprochement with Muslim-majority Chad on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Chad 's President Idriss Deby, during their meeting in N'Djamena, Chad January 20, 2019.

Israel and Chad revive diplomatic relations, call for closer security ties© Reuters/Handout . FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement together with Chad's President Idriss Deby during their meeting in N'Djamena

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Israel confirmed a diplomatic rapprochement with Muslim-majority Chad on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to the Chadian capital to stress their mutual interest in confronting Islamist insurgencies.

Seeking to rebuild ties with Africa damaged by the occupation of Palestinian territories in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel said in November that diplomatic links with Chad would be revived after President Idriss Deby paid the first official visit to Jerusalem by a Chadian leader.

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Israel and Chad revive diplomatic relations , call for closer security Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive in Chad on Saturday on a historic visit to formally re -establish diplomatic relations between the “We came here this time with an exact plan because we have not

Israel maintains diplomatic ties with 32 of the continent's 54 countries. Deby said his November "Of course, the renewal of diplomatic ties between us, which I very much want, is not something that One source told Reuters news agency the visit is focused on security , adding that Israel has supplied

Speaking at a joint press event, Netanyahu said recent attacks by the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency and a militant attack on a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, last week showed the need to cooperate on security.

"The game is far from lost if we pull together," Netanyahu said. "We are happy to know that a Muslim-majority country is connected through diplomatic ties to Israel."

Deby echoed Netanyahu's call for closer cooperation: "I note with satisfaction our shared view on the need to combine forces to tackle terrorism, which spares no country."

They said security had been a key topic of discussion during an earlier meeting, but gave no details. Last year a source told Reuters Israel had supplied Chad's army with weapons and equipment to help fight rebels.

Netanyahu has previously cited Chad’s renewed relationship with his country as an example of how Israel can make diplomatic inroads in Africa and the Middle East despite its conflict with the Palestinians.

(Reporting by Madjiasra Nako; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by David Holmes)

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