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After 50 years, Israeli diplomat presents credentials in Chad

A delegation of representatives from Israeli ministries meet with Chadian officials in Chad, August 2019. (Economy and Trade Ministry)
A delegation of representatives from Israeli ministries meet with Chadian officials in Chad, August 2019. (Economy and Trade Ministry)

An Israeli diplomat presents his credentials to the president of Chad for the first time in 50 years.

Ben Bourgel, the non-resident ambassador to a host of African nations, including Senegal, Gambia and Guinea, presents his credentials to Chad President Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno.

“This marks an important benchmark in the deepening of the relations between Chad and Israel since their resumption in 2019,” tweets the Israeli Embassy in Senegal. “Ambassador Bourgel and his team will work to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries in areas of common interest such as climate changes, agriculture, water management and health.”

Israel and Chad announced the reestablishment of diplomatic relations in January 2019, after Chad severed ties with Israel in 1972 due to pressure from Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

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