Israel-Africa summit postponed to unknown date

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-11 23:14:01|Editor: yan
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JERUSALEM, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- 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.

A statement issued by the ministry said the decision came at the request of the President of Togo Faure Gnassingbe following a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It said the two leaders would continue to hold talks "to guarantee the full success of the summit" on a different date.

The statement cited no reason for the move. Local media reported the meeting was canceled due to boycott threats by Palestinians and several African countries.

Togo president faces unrest in his country over the past days, with thousands of demonstrators protesting against the 50-year rule of the Gnassingbe family and call to limit his presidential term.

The summit was supposed to take place in the Togolese capital of Lome on October 23-27 with business leaders and security experts from Israel and 54 African countries.

Boosting Israel's ties with Africa is a key part of Netanyahu's foreign policy.