Photo by Mark Nayman/GPO on 10 August, 2016

Togolese President to Rivlin: “Nations of Africa Admire Israel’s Achievements”

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS • 10 August, 2016

Jerusalem, 10 August, 2016 (TPS) -- Jerusalem (TPS) – In a display of the high value that Israel has placed on advancing and expanding its ties with African countries, President Reuven Rivlin celebrated Israel’s bilateral relationship with Togo at a meeting in Jerusalem with Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé.

“We, together with many European nations, see that Africa is the future, and therefore I am proud and greatly appreciate the opportunity to welcome you here, with the hope that your visit will represent another step up in the relationship between our two countries,” the Israeli president told his Togolese counterpart.

President Rivlin also expressed appreciation for the Israeli entrepreneurs who have contributed to the development of Africa and of Togo in particular.

“Our ability in agriculture, together with our technological capabilities have led us to many achievements,” Rivlin continued. “I know the great efforts you are making in these fields and we are proud of the many Israelis who are investing in your country.”

President Gnassingbé’s visit to Israel follows that of Marcel Alain De Souza, president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), of which Togo is a member. While in Israel two weeks ago, De Sousa sought Israel’s assistance in leading the next generation of the organization’s member states.

“We need development and wish to weave more and more ties with Israel,” De Souza had told Rivlin. “We have an abundance of raw materials and wonderful youth who need training and guidance.”

As he did with De Souza, Rivlin committed to lending more assistance to Africa.

“Israel is interested in being involved in assisting with the humanitarian issues, initiatives, and the rebuilding taking place in Africa,” stressed Rivlin.

President Gnassingbé acknowledged that Israel’s contributions throughout Africa are much appreciated.  

“The people of Togo admire what Israel has achieved, an admiration shared by many nations in Africa and around the world,” Gnassingbé told Rivlin. “I am moved and inspired anew by your infrastructure and by the growth that I have seen, and I know that this is not to be taken for granted.”