Israel signs deal to help developing countries

Thursday, December 18, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel on Thursday signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Program that will see the Jewish state begin to train struggling African nations in advanced agriculture and water management methods.

Ynet reported that the program will include the implementation of Israeli technologies in countries like Senegal and Benin, the deployment of Israeli experts to Africa, and special training courses to be held in Israel.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev hailed the agreement as a "recognition of Israel's contribution to the world."

Jerusalem has long tried to get more involved in UN humanitarian projects, but has until recently been thwarted by the many member states hostile to Israel.

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