Jerusalem, 28 November 1996

ISRAEL AND NIGER RENEW DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Government of Israel and the Government of the Republic of Niger decided to renew diplomatic ties between them today, Thursday, November 28, 1996. The agreement will be signed today, at the Foreign Ministry, by Foreign Minister David Levy and Foreign Minister Andre Salifou of Niger. The frameworks for cooperation and the appointment of ambassadors will be concluded at a later date, through normal diplomatic channels.

Niger, with a population of almost 9 million, 85% of them Moslem, severed its ties with Israel in 1973. With the resumption of these relations, Israel now maintains diplomatic relations with 160 countries, including 41 African nations.