Africa-Israel summit called off

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The president of Togo west African nation,  Faure Gnassingbé on Monday informed the Israeli prime minister that the Africa-Israel summit, which was due to take place on October 23- 27, was cancelled, mainly due to the current protests against his regime in the country, and pressure from Arab and Palestinian states.

The summit, which meant to strengthen commercial and diplomatic ties with Israel, was celebrated last week by Netanyahu as a “big breakthrough” at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs event, where he also spoke of Israel’s “return to Africa,” Haaretz said.

Emmanuel Nahshon, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman in  a statement said “In response to the request by the president of Togo and following consultations between him and the prime minister, it was decided to put off the Israel-Africa Summit to a future, agreed-upon date. The president stressed that the success of this important event requires significant and complicated preparations.”