Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be attending the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) annual summit of Heads of State in the Liberian capital, Monrovia in June, reports Times of Israel.
The PM will be on a one day visit to Liberia to attend the summit. Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the current leader of ECOWAS which has 15 members; Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania (left 2002), Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Burkina Faso.
ECOWAS focuses on the regional security issues and economic cooperation.
“The conference is held against a backdrop of warming relations between West Africa and Israel, and constitutes fertile ground for the further development of relations both on political and economic levels,” the Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in December last year when the country hosted seven ministers from West Africa.
Netanyahu visit will be the second time in a year that the Israeli prime minister has visited Africa, after touring four East African countries -Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia- in July 2016.
“In seizing the future, Israel is coming back to Africa in more than a verbal way,” the PM said in February.
Netanyahu is expected to attend a Africa-Israel summit in Togo in October 2017, where the prime minister is expected to meet with the leaders of 25 African countries to discuss cooperation in the fields of high-tech, security and development.