Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi visited Israel this week to build closer ties with the Jewish state.

Speaking to the Israeli press in Jerusalem, Tshisekedi said that the DRC wants to “develop the best possible relations with Israel.”

Prime Minister Bennett hosted President Tshisekedi and the two leaders discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation in agriculture, communications and trade.

Prime Minister Bennett told President Tshisekedi that he very much appreciates his deep friendship with Israel and that he was pleased to hear about his commitment to his people and to the prosperity of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

President Tshisekedi informed Prime Minister Bennett that he would soon open a diplomatic and trade mission in Jerusalem. The President, who also serves as the Chairman of the African Union, said that he supports Israel’s accession as an observer to the African Union and is working to this effect.

President Tshisekedi also met with Israel’s President Isaac Herzog.

Herzog said, “I was happy to hear last year about your decision to appoint an ambassador in Israel and to open an economic section in Jerusalem.”

“There is tremendous potential for collaboration between Israel and you and your country, and we shall do everything to bring a blessing for all of us,” he added.

Herzog thanked his counterpart for standing by Israel at the UN, and for supporting Israel in joining the African Union as an observer state.

Herzog also noted the connection he and his father had to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“My father was the sixth president of the State of Israel, whose first state visit was to your country in 1984, and now the first president to make a state visit of my presidency is you,” Herzog said.

Herzog also promised to do everything he could to ensure that Israel reopens its embassy in Kinshasa after it was shuttered in 2003 amidst ongoing war in the country.

Become a member of CUFI and receive these 5 mini-books and exclusive lapel-pin

Related Articles:

Hanukkah menorahs vandalised in three Ukrainian cities

Three large Hanukkah menorahs in Ukraine have been vandalised in suspected anti-Semitic hate crimes. On Monday, 29 November, in the city of Dnipro where police arrested five...

Boris Johnson: ‘UK will do all it can to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons’

Boris Johnson has insisted Israel has the right to defend itself against Iran “for the sake of peace” and declared that the UK will "do everything we can to prevent Iran from...

Boris lights Hanukkah menorah with Israel’s Foreign Minister, the Israeli Ambassador and Chief Rabbi at No 10

Boris Johnson this week hosted a menorah lighting ceremony at Downing Street to mark the second night of Hanukkah. Those who joined the Prime Minister included Israel's...

Co-founder of neo-Nazi group jailed for 10 years

The co-founder of banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action has been handed a 10-year extended prison sentence. Ben Raymond, 32, was sentenced by a judge at Bristol Crown Court after...

‘Sickening’ new footage shows extent of anti-Semitic abuse in London bus incident

New video footage has emerged of an anti-Semitic attack by a group of Arabic looking youths in London who threatened Jews and attacked the bus they were on. The Jewish News, who obtained...