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Chadian President Idriss Deby and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem

Chadian President Idriss Deby has announced together with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his country will soon renew diplomatic ties with the Jewish State, during the African leader’s historic visit to Israel.

Netanyahu will soon fly to Chad where he and Deby will announce the resumption of diplomatic relations, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement Tuesday.

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The two men met Tuesday morning (Nov. 27) at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, where “they discussed common threats and the fight against terrorism, as well as increasing bilateral cooperation in – inter alia – agriculture, counter-terrorism, border defense, technology, solar energy, water and health,” according to the statement from the PMO.

Deby said in an interview with i24TV, however, that the move did not mean his country would ignore the cause of the Palestinian Authority.

“We have no problem with [PA leader Mahmoud] Abbas or the Palestinians,” Deby said. “He (Abbas) is our friend and participated in all the African Union committees.

“The world is changing before our eyes. Crises and wars we knew are changing as well. We don’t wish them on today’s generation or future generations. There’s a time for war and a time for peace.

“Our message is global to all leaders,” he added. “Chad doesn’t presume to speak for black Africa. Chad comes to renew bilateral diplomatic relations.”

However, he said, “If Chad can be a facilitator, Chad will not hesitate.”

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