N’DJAMENA (GDC) – Israel and Chad have renewed diplomatic ties that were severed in 1972.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in the country on Sunday morning for a quick visit, the first of its kind to the African country since relations soured.
Speaking in a joint press conference later Sunday, Chad President Idriss Deby told Netanyahu that he would like to welcome him to the country and wished him a pleasant stay. “The purpose of your visit is to bring our two countries closer and to cooperate,” Deby told the Israeli premier.
He then said that he happily welcomed several agreements he has signed with Netanyahu, including the renewal of diplomatic ties.
The primary reason for Arab Gulf states in getting closer to Israel is shared antipathy towards Iran.
The United States mediated diplomatic relations among Arab nations and Israel which resulted Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and United Arab Emirates normalize political and military ties with Israel. Saudi Arabia also opened its airspace for commercial flights between Telaviv and Riyadh.
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