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Israeli PM Netanyahu in Chad to announce resumption of diplomatic relations with the African Muslim-majority country

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In November, the leader of the African Muslim-majority nation made a surprise visit to Israel, during which he said he was interested in restoring full diplomatic ties.

 

JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived Sunday in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad, for a two-day visit during which Chadian president Idriss Deby will formally declare the resumption of his country’s relations with Israel after 47 years break.

In November, the leader of this African Muslim-majority nation made a surprise visit to Israel, during which he said he was interested in restoring full diplomatic ties.

As he left the country after a three-day trip, during which he also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Netanyahu promised to fly to the country’s capital “soon” for the formal reestablishment of ties.

“The relations between our countries were cut in 1972 for specific historic reasons, but our special relations continued all the time,” Deby said during his visit in Jerusalem.

“The current visit to your beautiful country expresses our desire to take the relations that existed all the time and make them stronger,” he said.

“The resumption of diplomatic relations with your country, which I desire, does not make us ignore the Palestinian issue,” he also said. “My country is profoundly attached to the peace process and has shaped the Arab peace initiative, the Madrid principles and existing agreements.”

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