Idriss Deby
Idriss Deby Reuters

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to welcome the President of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Deby, later today, Sunday, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu and Chad President Deby will hold a private meeting and will then issue statements to the media. They will meet again over dinner.

The visit is the first by a President of Chad to Israel since the establishment of the state. It comes amid diplomatic efforts led by Prime Minister Netanyahu in recent years.

Chad is a presidential republic based in central Africa, and most of its inhabitants are Muslims. In the 1960s, it established diplomatic relations with Israel, but relations between the two countries were severed in 1972.

In 2005 it was reported that Chad was considering renewing diplomatic relations with Israel, but this move was not implemented.

Six years later, in January 2011, the President of Chad said that, in honor of the 50th Independence Day of the country, Chad was considering renewing relations with Israel, but then, as well, the move did not come to fruition.

Prime Minister Netanyahu called the upcoming meeting "an additional diplomatic breakthrough."

"This is an historic and important visit that comes against the background of the efforts we have led. I welcome the President of Chad on his arrival in Israel."