Chad, on Thursday, inaugurated an embassy in Israel, four years after the establishment of official ties between the two countries.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued pictures of him inaugurating the new embassy in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, at a ceremony alongside Chadian President Mahamat Deby.
Netanyahu expressed hope that the new embassy would further strengthen the bilateral ties with the Muslim-majority African country.
“We are strengthening our friendship and our common interests in pursuing peace, security and prosperity,” the prime minister said.
He added that he and Deby had “excellent discussions” on Wednesday.
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The diplomatic relations between Israel and Chad began in the 1960s but were terminated by Chad in 1972 after the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in the 1967 Middle East war.
Chad reversed its stance in 2018 when the late Chadian President, Idris Deby, arrived in Israel and met with Netanyahu.
The two countries announced the resumption of diplomatic ties in 2019 during Netanyahu’s visit to Chad.
Netanyahu, who returned to power in late December, has pledged to increase the number of Arab countries that recognise Israel.
This is in spite of the ongoing impasse and frequent escalation of violence with the Palestinians. (Xinhua)
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