Israel thanks Swaziland for not breaking relations
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.