Africa summit postponed to unknown date

Last week hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Lome and other cities across Togo to protest against the President Faure Gnassingbe and his family who have held power for 50 years

Africa summit postponed to unknown date

The cancelation of the Africa-Israel summit, slated to take place between October 23 and 27, will upend Israel's efforts to build trade partnerships in Africa, and secure global allies in its attempts to gain a seat on the United Nations (UN) security council next year.

"In the near future, Israel will hold consultations in Africa, both on the bilateral level as well as in regional gatherings and fora on the continent, in order to guarantee the full success of the summit", a statement from the organisers of the summit read.

The Lome event, which was to promote the summit's slogan "Building bridges toward greater shared prosperity", was to be the jewel in the crown of efforts to strengthen Israel's diplomatic, trade and security relations with Africa.

Despite the setback, the Israeli Foreign Ministry vowed that "Israel will continue its growing efforts in Africa as it has done in recent years".

"The decision was linked to the internal situation in Togo".

The postponement of the Africa-Israel Summit, is "a victory for humanitarian values and its defenders", Hamas political bureau member, Izzat Al Risheq, said on Monday.

The Israel-Africa summit, a landmark meeting scheduled in Togo in October, has been postponed to an unknown date, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"This is welcomed as good news by human rights organisations and the global BDS movement which has called for the isolation of Israel over its human rights abuses and violations of worldwide law", said BDS SA.

This period of Afro-Israeli relations came to an end during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and the oil crisis which saw African nations cut ties with Israel in solidarity with Egypt and other Arab countries.

A spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry said: "Netanyahu responded to the request of Gnassingbe to postpone the date of the African-Israeli summit to a date to be agreed between the two countries".

Netanyahu seeks to use the support of the continent to debunk the anti-Israel traditional majority in global organizations such as the United Nations.

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