Israel, Senegal Diplomatic Rift Ends

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Israel’s ambassador to Senegal will return to his post after he was recalled last year following Dakar’s support of a U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements.

This was made public on the sideline of an ECOWAS meeting held in Liberia between prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister) and President Macky Sall (President of Senegal).

Netanyahu addressed ECOWAS as a guest speaker on Sunday and met several African leaders, including Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the president of Mali, a Muslim state with whom Israel has no diplomatic relations.

A statement from Netanyahu’s office stated Senegal’s agreement to support Israel’s candidacy to become an observer nation at the Organisation of African Unity.

The two states also agreed to resume joint projects and cooperation in security and agriculture, the statement added.

Senegal, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Venezuela, sponsored last December’s Security Council resolution demanding Israel end its settlement activity on occupied territory which the Palestinians hope will be part of an eventual independent state.

Netanyahu recalled the envoys to Senegal and New Zealand, Israel has no diplomatic ties with Malaysia and Venezuela.

The resolution passed in the 15-member Security Council because the United States, under the administration of former President Barack Obama, broke with its long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power, rather it abstained.



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