JERUSALEM – Chad's president on Sunday became the country's first leader to pay an official visit to Israel and deepen…
JERUSALEM – Chad’s president on Sunday became the country’s first leader to pay an official visit to Israel and deepen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s challenge to African states in what he says is a common fight against Islamic militants.
Both Idriss Deby and Netanyahu emphasized the central role of security cooperation, even though the countries do not have formal diplomatic relations. Chad, a Muslim majority country in central Africa, cut off relations with Israel in 1972.
“You, leader of an important African country, come to Israel to renew our friendship and our relationship, I think is proof of what which will happen to other such countries in Africa as well, “Netanyahu said at a joint press conference.
Netanyahu has made significant efforts in recent years for the court of African countries ̵
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He has found common ground with many African states in a joint struggle against Islamic militant groups. Chad has played a key role as a partner in the United States and other North African countries in the fight against jihadist groups such as Boko Haram in the Sahara.
Netanyahu also believes that such alliances along with similar challenges in Asia and Latin America will also punch Palestinian influence in the UN and other international bodies.
Deby said that while eager to renew “very strong” diplomatic relations with Israel, “such a detent” does not hide the principle of the Palestinian question. “
Netanyahu would not answer questions about whether the two leaders discussed potential arms sales to Chad.
The desert country is one of the world’s least developed states, according to the World Bank’s Human Development Index. Chad’s government has been accused of extensive human rights abuses and targeted elections. Deby took power in 1990 and has since been re-elected five times.
Deby’s visit came just under a month after Netanyahu returned from a surprise visit to Oman, an Arab state in the Persian Gulf, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel.  Netanyahu said Sunday that “Soon there will be other visits to Arab states.”