Communiqué about the visit of the President of the Republic of Togo to Israel

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1-As part of the cooperative relationship that unites Israel and Togo, and at the invitation of HE Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, HE Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo, paid a goodwill and working visit to Israel from 7 to 11 August 2016.

2- During this visit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Togolese Head of State Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé had an in-depth exchange of views concerning bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

3- On the bilateral front, the Israeli Prime Minister and the Togolese Head of State expressed their appreciation for the very friendly and cooperative relationship between Togo and Israel, which has been enormously fruitful since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries. As part of this special relationship, they plan to enhance mutual trust and expand cooperation to other areas in order to enrich the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

4- The Togolese President and the Israeli Prime Minster are also confident in the extraordinary potential of Israeli-Togolese economic cooperation, expressing their determination to work together to become stronger, particularly in the areas of agriculture, public health, education and higher education, technological sciences, the digital economy, community development, security, social protection and promotion, and the integration of women into the development process.

5- With regard to regional matters, President Gnassingbé and Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to hold an Israeli-African summit in Lomé centred around the theme of “security and development”, with the aim of strengthening cooperation between Israel and Africa.

6- Addressing the international situation, the two men expressed serious concern at the surge in terrorist acts and the persistence of crises threatening peace, security, stability and development around the world.

7- In this regard, they reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and called for the coordination of efforts and continued international cooperation to overcome this scourge.

8- With reference to the forthcoming African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa, involving heads of state and government, the Israeli Prime Minister praised Togo’s efforts in peacekeeping and in organising this summit. In this regard, he expressed his strong hope that this meeting would be a success and his wish for all parties involved to work in good faith with the aim of adopting and signing the Lomé Charter on Maritime Security and Safety.

9- At the end of his visit, HE Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé conveyed his warmest thanks and deepest appreciation to his brother and friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to President Reuven Rivlin, to the Israeli government and people for the warm and friendly welcome he and his delegation received, and invited the Israeli Prime Minister to pay a visit to the Republic of Togo.

10- The Israeli Prime Minister accepted this invitation and arrangements for this visit will be made through diplomatic channels.

Prepared in Jerusalem on 10 August 2016

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