Serhat TUNAR –TDO- Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Chad on Sunday for talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations between Tel Aviv and N’Djamena.
“I am now leaving on another historic and important breakthrough, to Chad, a huge Muslim country bordering Libya and Sudan,” The Times of Israel newspaper quoted Netanyahu as saying in statements ahead of travelling to Chad.
“There will be big news,” Netanyahu said, hinting at the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Chad severed diplomatic relations with Israel in 1972.
Netanyahu described his visit to Chad as “part of the revolution we are doing in the Arab and Muslim world”.
The Israeli premier claimed that Iran and the Palestinians have attempted to “prevent Israel’s diplomatic push”.
The resumption of bilateral ties between Chad and Israel is expected to be announced in a joint press conference between Netanyahu and Chadian President Idriss Deby.