Gambia’s Barrow, Israel’s Netanyahu talk security, strengthening ties

Gambia’s Barrow, Israel’s Netanyahu talk security, strengthening ties

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday met with Gambia’s President Adama Barrow in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia on the sidelines of a gathering of West African leaders.

Netanyahu told Mr. Barrow and other West African leaders that they had “no better partner” than his country, which had broken its relations with Gambia’s neighbor over a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

Barrow and Netanyahu discussed bilateral relations, which they seek to strengthen and broaden to include security cooperation and assistance.

“Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel. I believe in Africa. I believe in its potential, present, and future. It is a continent on the rise,” said Netanyahu to the African leader.

“Africans are seizing the future. Israel wants to seize this future with you. You truly have no better partner for this mission than Israel.”

After meetings with Barrow and Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Netanyahu restored relations with Senegal and said his Ambassador to Dakar will return ending the diplomatic spat.

Israel is seeking Gambia and Senegal’s support for its nomination for observer status at the African Union and charming many African leaders to win support for its positions at the UN and other international organizations.

Netanyahu visited four-state East African nations: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia, which marked the first time in decades an Israeli premier had traveled to Africa.

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