As Israel pivots away from Europe where an anti-Israel sentiment and anti-Semitism has gripped policymakers and leaders, the Jewish State is trying, among other reasons, to develop its relationship with African states that can potentially help Israel’s stance in the UN and elsewhere.
Israel is quickly making diplomatic inroads in Africa. Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director Dr. Dore Gold on Monday visited a Muslim African country that does not have official diplomatic relations with Israel, several Israeli media outlets reported on Tuesday.
Gold, who met on Sunday in Guinea with President Alpha Conde and finalized the the establishing of diplomatic ties with the Muslim country, stopped on his way back from West Africa to Israel in another undisclosed Muslim country in the region with whom Israel does not have diplomatic ties.
This is reportedly the first visit by an Israeli diplomat in that country in decades.
In July, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his visit to Africa, Gold visited Chad, another African Muslim state with no diplomatic relations with Israel, and met President Idriss Deby Itno.
The other Muslim states with whom Israel does not have diplomatic relations in Africa and which Gold may have visited are Mali, Niger, Sudan, Mauritania, Somalia, Djibouti and Comoros.
A number of Muslim countries in West Africa are facing the advent of Islamic terrorism within their borders, which threatens the region’s stability, and have expressed interest in learning from Israel’s expertise on this matter.
Gold’s latest trip was in continuation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to West Africa, and in accordance to the prime minister’s policy of strengthening ties with the continent.
By: World Israel News Staff