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Togo protests result in the cancellation of the Israel-Africa Summit

The Israeli Foreign Ministry says an Israel-Africa summit scheduled next month in Togo has been postponed.

In a statement on Monday, the ministry said the decision had come at the request of Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, after consultations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It said talks would continue “to guarantee the full success of the summit.”

The statement gave no reason for the decision. But Togo has been experiencing unrest in recent days, with thousands of protesters demanding presidential term limits amid anger over the 50-year rule of the Gnassingbe family.

Israeli and African leaders, business leaders and security experts are scheduled to participate in the summit.

Netanyahu has made outreach to Africa a key component of his foreign policy.

The unrest in Togo last week saw the its government unleashing serious restrictions on the internet, which opposition politicians and other IT activists claimed was a violation of fundamental human rights.

 

Associated Press

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