By Herb Keinon for JPost.com, November 27, 2018 –
The Prime Minister's Office said the ties would be focused on agriculture, water, solar energy and technology, among other fields.
Netanyahu meets with the president of Chad, November 27, 2018 (GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Chad “soon” to formally announce the establishment of diplomatic ties, the Prime Minister's Office announced on Tuesday.
The announcement came after Netanyahu met for the third time in two days with visiting Chad President Idriss Déby, before the latter ended his two-day visit, the first ever by a Chadian president.
According to the statement, the two leaders discussed “common threats” and the war against terrorism.
Chad is on the front lines in Africa in the battle against radical Islamic terrorism, be it in the form of Boko Haram or organizations affiliated with the Islamic State or al-Qaeda. The desire for Israel expertise in fighting terror is believed to be one of the main reasons Déby decided to renew ties with Israel, 46 years after Chad severed formal diplomatic ties.
The PMO statement said the two leaders also discussed cooperation in the fields of agriculture, border protection, technology, solar energy, water and health.
On Sunday, the two leaders issued statements to the press after their first meeting.
“In the last two years I've been three times in Africa,” Netanyahu said. “East Africa and West Africa. Now I'm going to drop a big hint, I hope to come to the center of Africa. And I wish to bring with me Israeli entrepreneurs, Israeli experts, Israeli companies, everything that can improve the life of the peoples of Africa, which is something we believe in. Israel is coming back to Africa, Africa is coming back to Israel.”
Netanyahu went to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia in July 2016 for the first visit to the continent by an Israeli prime minister in nearly 30 years; to Liberia in June 2017 for a summit meeting with western African leaders; and to Kenya in November 2017 for the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.