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Israel Celebrates Visit of Chadian President

Israel Celebrates Visit of Chadian President

Monday, 26 November, 2018 - 13:45
Netanyahu during the news conference with Deby (AFP)
Tel Aviv- Nazir Majli
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday received Chadian President Idriss Deby, and described at a friendly dinner party the president’s surprise visit as “historic”.

Netanyahu thanked the Chairman of the National Security Council, Meir Ben Shabbat, and the Mossad chief for their contribution in arranging the visit.

Praising himself for this “achievement”, the Israeli premier said: “This visit reflects Israel’s rising status in the world. I repeat this again that we see that our vision is realized on the ground, thanks to our economic and technological strength as well as our security and intelligence forces. This combination of factors creates a political and diplomatic force that is accumulating on the ground day by day.”

“Today we open a new chapter in our relations with Chad and I tell you that there will be other countries in the near future,” he added.

Political sources with knowledge of the matter said that the visit came “to enhance security and economic cooperation between the two countries, as Chad needs Israel’s advice and expertise to combat terrorism since it is surrounded by unstable countries, especially Libya.”

Deby arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday for a first official visit by a senior Chadian official to the country in 46 years.

An Israeli official said on Sunday that the mediation in the resumption of relations with Chad was conducted by a former senior official of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). The official undertook his mission through the son of the Chadian President, who was presented to him by a French Jewish businessman Philippe Solomon and Rabbi Avraham Moyal.

Israel’s Channel 10 said the country had an interest in renewing relations with Chad, the largest African Muslim country, which was willing to conclude arms deals and security technologies with Tel Aviv.

According to the channel, Deby had asked Tel Aviv to appoint his son as head of his country’s diplomatic mission in Israel. A source in the Israeli foreign ministry revealed ongoing efforts to revive relations with other countries, including Nigeria and Mali.

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