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Chad and Israel 'agree relations'
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom
Israel FM Silvan Shalom will visit Chad soon, Israel Radio reported
Israel and Chad, a Muslim country, have agreed to establish diplomatic relations, Israel radio has reported.

The report said the two countries had considered the move for some time, and decided to proceed because of the recent reduction in violence.

Israel Radio said Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom might visit Chad soon.

The Israeli Haaretz daily reported on Friday that Mr Shalom was scheduled to meet Chad President Idriss Deby earlier this week but Mr Deby cancelled.

It said the two men were expected to meet in several weeks, and that Chad has also proposed sending a delegation to Israel.

There has been no official statement from the Israel or Chad governments on the development.

Israel has diplomatic relations with two Arab Muslim states, Jordan and Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority.

Israel has full diplomatic relations with eight non-Arab Islamic states: Albania, The Gambia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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