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Africa-Israel summit postponed as 'more preparations required'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands during a joint statements with Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe in Jerusalem, Aug. 10, 2016.
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Sources say Togo, which has seen major anti-government protests, has concerns about security

The Israel-Africa summit planned to take place in October was postponed at the request of the president of Togolese Republic, where it was to take place, Israel's Foreign Ministry said Monday. 

The ministry's statement said it was postponed "to a date to be agreed upon between the two countries." 

Sources told i24NEWS that Togo, which has seen major anti-government protests, had concerns about security at the summit.

Togo's president "emphasized that ensuring the important event's success required significant preparations and complex planning," the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to strengthen ties with African nations. In 2016 he traveled to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. The Uganda visit included participation in the Uganda Regional Counterterrorism Summit with leaders from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

In June 2017 Netanyahu attended an economic summit of West African nations in the Liberian capital Monrovia, while Israel in July hosted Rwandan President Paul Kagame.  

i24NEWS diplomatic correspondent Ellie Hochenberg contributed to this report. 

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