Is­rael thanks Swazi­land for not break­ing re­la­tions

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Si­fiso Nh­la­batsi

IS­RAEL Am­bas­sador to Swazi­land Arthur Lenk thanked gov­ern­ment for not break­ing re­la­tions with his coun­try.

Lenk was ad­dress­ing Uni­ver­sity of Swazi­land (UNISWA) stu­dents, lec­tur­ers and pro­fes­sors on is­sues of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sions which were also at­tended by UNISWA top of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the Vice Chan­cel­lor Cisco Ma­gag­ula, Swazi­land Na­tional Union of Stu­dents (SNUS) Pres­i­dent Brian Sang­weni raised his con­cern on the is­sue of hu­man rights in Is­rael.

Sang­weni said re­ports have re­vealed that peo­ple were dis­placed and stu­dents los­ing the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their stud­ies be­cause of the war which is go­ing on be­tween the Pales­tini­ans and Is­raelites which has even re­sulted in other coun­tries cutting ties with Is­rael.

Sang­weni said it would be hard for any coun­try to re­spect and to get into re­la­tions with a coun­try that does not re­spect hu­man rights.

He wanted to know how that is­sue is be­ing ad­dressed by Lenk’s coun­try.

Lenk stated that it be­comes hard if one side is will­ing to come to the ta­ble while the other is not will­ing to do so, he said Is­rael has shown that it is will­ing to make com­pro­mises; he added that di­a­logue is the solution to problems.

Lenk stated that say­ing a lot of coun­tries will not build re­la­tions with Is­rael is wrong and far from the truth be­cause there are a lot of in­vestors in­clud­ing Chi­nese who are mak­ing their way into Is­rael. Lenk stated that Swazi­land did not break ties with Is­rael and they are very thank­ful for that.

Worth not­ing is that ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion sourced from Wikipedia, Is­rael es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions with Swazi­land in Septem­ber 1968, im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing that coun­try achiev­ing in­de­pen­dence from the United King­dom.


It is said Swazi­land was one of only three Sub-Sa­ha­ran black African states (the oth­ers be­ing Le­sotho and Malawi) that con­tin­ued to main­tain full diplo­matic re­la­tions with Is­rael in the af­ter­math of the Yom Kip­pur War in 1973, and has never sev­ered such ties.

Lenk told the lec­tur­ers and stu­dents that when the Prime Min­is­ter of Swazi­land Dr Sibu­siso Dlamini vis­ited Is­rael he got the chance to learn about the strength of Is­rael es­pe­cially in ar­eas of Health Care, Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy.

THANKS: Is­rael Am­bas­sador to Swazi­land Arthur Lenk.

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