The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu made a milestone visit on Sunday to central African nation of Chad Republic to officially restore relations after 50 years as the Israeli nations seek out new allies among developing nations who before now taking sides with Palestinian at the United Nations.
The visit comes after Chad’s President Idriss Deby visited Jerusalem in November during which the leaders discussed cooperation in agriculture, counterterrorism, border protection and technology. Netanyahu hailed what he called a “historic and important breakthrough” with the Muslim-majority country that borders Libya and Sudan.
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“Israel is making inroads into the Islamic world. This is the result of considerable effort in recent years. We are making history and we are turning Israel into a rising global power,” Netanyahu said from the capital city of N’Djamena, the first-ever visit by an Israel prime minister.
Chad broke off relations with Israel in 1972 amid pressure from the Arab world. Most recently, it has played a key role as a partner of the United States and other North African countries in combatting jihadist groups such as Boko Haram in the Sahara.
The desert country is one of the world’s least developed states, according to the World Bank’s Human Development Index, and its government has been accused of widespread human rights abuses and rigged elections. Deby took power in 1990 and has since been re-elected five times.
In the light of his visit to Chad, Netanyahu promised that there would soon be more visits to countries to restore ties.