PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Ghana Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey in Jerusalem, Nov 5, 2018. (GPO) (GPO)
PM Netanyahu with Ghana FM Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

Another African country appears to have recognized the benefits of ties with Israel. 

By: United with Israel Staff

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with Ghana Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

They discussed economic cooperation between governments and the business sector as well as other possibilities for strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

Netanyahu welcomed Ghana’s intention to assist Israel in international forums and invited President Nana Akufo-Addo to visit Israel in 2019.

Ghana was the first country from Black Africa to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Israel’s renewed and developing relations with Africa began on the heels of Netanyahu’s historic visit to the four African countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya in July 2016, the first such visit by an Israeli premier in decades.

The latest African country to restore diplomatic relations with Israel was the Republic of Guinea, which did so after almost five decades of a cessation in relations with the Jewish state.

Netanyahu has made improving relations with African nations a priority.

In his address to AIPAC in March 2016, Netanyahu observed that Israel has “diplomatic relations with 161 countries, more than at any time in our history.”