Togo planning to host the first Africa-Israel summit


On Thursday, Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé completed an official four-day visit to Israel, his second since 2012.

He met with President Reuven Rivlin during the day, and later attended an official dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following these two meetings, the Togolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a communiqué which noted that the Israeli Prime Minister and the Togolese President “expressed their appreciation for the very friendly and cooperative relationship between Togo and Israel, which has been enormously fruitful since diplomatic relations were established (…)” and that “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”.

The two men said they were “confident in the extraordinary potential of Israeli-Togolese economic cooperation” and expressed “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”.

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.

The statement mentioned that President Faure Gnassingbé “had conveyed his warmest thanks and deepest appreciation to his brother and friend 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 PM to pay a visit to Togo”.

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