The Israel-Africa summit scheduled for late October in Lome, Togo’s capital, has been postponed indefinitely due to rising unrest in the country.
A spokesperson for the Israeli foreign ministry, Emmanuel Nahshon said that the decision to postpone the event has nothing to do with the threats of boycott, but rather with the ongoing political instability in Togo.
Both the Israeli government and organisers of Israel-Africa summit said that the summit had been postponed at the request of the President of Togo and after consultations with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. Both the organisers and Israeli government were unable to provide a possible new date for the summit.
Togo has seen a series of anti-government protests in late August and early September. Thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand that President Faure Gnassingbe step down. Adama Gaye, a political analyst, said that many in Togo are “fed up with the fact that it’s the same family that has been ruling the country” for five decades.