PM's bodyguards tussle with bodyguards of Togolese president

Meeting between PM Netanyahu and Togolese President Gnassingbé postponed after fight breaks out between their security teams.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Netayahu in Liberia
Netayahu in Liberia
Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO

A short physical confrontation occurred Sunday between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's bodyguards and the security guards of Togolese President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé when the latter arrived at a hotel in Liberia where Netanyahu is staying in order to meet with him.

Netanyahu's security guards sought to verify the identity of President Gnassingbé's security guards and detained them at the entrance to the floor where the prime minister was staying.

Eyewitnesses reported that the parties began shouting and pushing for several minutes. The President of Togo saw that his security guards were being detained and left. Following the incident, his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu was postponed by an hour and a half.

Earlier, Netanyahu addressed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference.

"This has been a dream to come here to this organization in West Africa. There is so much we can do for the betterment of our peoples. And yet, when I landed here after a long flight from Israel, I discovered that a somber cloud hangs over this glorious day," Netanyahu told the conference.

"This is the cloud of terrorism that has claimed the lives of so many innocent Africans, most recently in Niger and Mali. And in recent hours another terrible attack was launched innocent people in the heart of London.

"We condemn it, we send our condolences to the British people, and we pledge our commitment to fight this scourge which knows no bounds.

Addressing the purpose of his visit, Netanyahu said that "Israel is returning to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel."

"I believe in Africa. I believe in its potential, present and future. It is a continent on the rise," Netanyahu said.