It’s Official: Israel and Guinea Finalize Diplomatic Ties!


With the intentions of supporting each other in world forums and on the war on terror, Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General met with Guinea’s president to finalize ambassadorial appointments, a formality not undertaken since Guinea cut ties with Israel in 1967.

By Shlomo Cesana


Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold met with Guinean President Alpha Conde and 10 of his ministers, including the foreign, defense, finance, energy, and development ministers, in the West African country’s capital of Conakry on Monday.

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During the meeting, they finalized the process of appointing mutual ambassadors with government officials.

The meeting also focused on the war on terror and the two countries’ commitments to support each other in international forums.

A statue of Yoni Netanyahu is seen at Aero beach, south of Uganda’s capital Kampala. – Photo: Reuters

Issues such as international cooperation on agriculture, health (including the fight against the Ebola virus in which Israel has been at the forefront), energy and water, as well as Guinea’s assistance in establishing and deepening Israel’s ties in West Africa, were also discussed.

Gold’s visit to Guinea comes a month after the two countries announced the normalization of ties following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to Africa in July. Guinea broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 1967.


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