Netanyahu lands in Chad to renew ties despite Iranian efforts to thwart the historic visit
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived Sunday to the country of Chad for an official visit.
“I am now embarking on yet another historic and important trip—to a huge Muslim state bordering Libya and Sudan. This is part of the revolution in relations between us and the Arab and Muslim world,” Netanyahu said shortly before his flight.
The prime minister said this change is very disturbing and even causes outrage in Iran and among the [so-called] Palestinians who are trying to prevent this. “They will not succeed”, he added.
“There will be more to come,” Netanyahu said. Asked for a timeframe, Netanyahu said: “A little patience. But not long.”
Netanyahu landed in N’Djamena and has met with Chadian foreign minister Mahamat Zene.
Netanyahu will meet with President Idriss Deby at the presidential palace, after which the two leaders will deliver statements to the media focusing on the renewal of ties.
Netanyahu will have lunch with Deby before flying back to Israel.
In historic first, Deby came to Israel in November and met with Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. He said that “the cutting of diplomatic ties in the 1970s did not prevent good relations,” which continued all the same.
Chad is a Muslim-majority, Arabic-speaking country in central Africa and one of several states engaged in Western-backed operations against Boko Haram and ISIS terrorists.
Last year, the United States donated military vehicles and boats worth $1.3 million to Chad as part of the campaign against Muslim terrorism in the country.