Chad–Israel relations refers to the diplomatic relations between the Republic of Chad and the State of Israel. Both nations are members of the United Nations. The diplomatic relations between the two countries began with Chad's independence in 1960, but was officially terminated in the 1970s. De facto relations resumed in 2016, with diplomatic relations re-established in 2019.
In 1960, Israel recognized Chad when Chad attained independence from France. On 10 January 1961, Chad and Israel established diplomatic relations. In 1962, Israel opened a resident embassy in Fort-Lamy. Initially, both states maintained friendly relations. In 1965, Chadian President François Tombalbaye paid an official visit to Israel.
Termination of relationsEdit
On November 28, 1972, Chad announced it would end relations with Israel. Chad was the second of twenty-two African nations that ended relations with Israel in 1972 and 1973,[note 1] most of whom did so due to pressure by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
Although Chad and Israel did not have formal diplomatic relations, informal relations continued. Israel has reportedly sold weapons to the Chadian government to aid them during the Chadian Civil War. More recently, Israel has provided weapons and funds to Chad to assist the country's fight against rebels in the north.
In July 2016, Director-General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Dore Gold met Chadian President Idriss Déby at the presidential palace in the city of Fada, in northern Chad. In November 2018, Déby arrived in Israel and paid an official visit to the country. During his visit, Déby met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Both nations expressed their intentions to re-establish diplomatic relations and discussed plans for Netanyahu to pay an official visit to Chad.
In January 2019, Netanyahu arrived in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena where he met with Déby. Diplomatic relations were restored between both nations and several bilateral agreements were signed. Details of the trade deals agreed were not released though Chadian security sources have claimed that supplies of Israeli weapons have been secured for use in fighting Islamist rebels in the north of the country. Netanyahu described the agreement as a historic moment for the two countries. Jerusalem Post correspondent Herb Keinon argues that Chad will benefit from closer security, intelligence and technology ties to Israel and improved access to the United States, a key Israeli ally.
On 20 January 2019 the MINUSMA base at Aguelhok was attacked by militants. The attack was repelled but 10 Chadian UN peacekeepers were killed and a further 25 injured. The militants had arrived on board a number of armed vehicles. Several of the attackers are said to have been killed. Responsibility was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who stated that it was a retaliatory attack for the recent visit to Chad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the subsequent normalization of diplomatic relations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the attack.
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