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Israel, Chad Expected to Renew Ties at UN General Assembly

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President of Chad Idriss Deby. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

President of Chad Idriss Deby. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet with President Idriss Deby of Chad while in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

The prime minister’s office is hoping to make an official declaration of normalized diplomatic relations with the northern Central African country.

The Muslim-majority Republic of Chad cut off diplomatic ties with Israel in 1972.

As The Algemeiner reported, this summer Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold visited Chad to meet with Deby, prompting reports that the two nations planned to restore relations.

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Netanyahu announced earlier this year that Israel will seek to establish diplomatic relations with every African nation, before going on an historic multi-nation trip across the continent and entering what some have called a new era in Israel-Africa relations.

Israel recently renewed diplomatic relations with the Republic of Guinea whose government had cut ties with Israel in 1967.

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