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Togo's bold diplomacy: A stand for direct dialogue in Middle East peace process

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In a world where diplomatic decisions are often split along major power lines, the small West African nation of Togo has taken a notably independent stance.

The President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé © PT

In a world where diplomatic decisions are often split along major power lines, the small West African nation of Togo has taken a notably independent stance.

Amidst a recent United Nations General Assembly resolution endorsing Palestine's bid for full UN membership, Togo, along with a few other nations, abstained from voting, highlighting its unique diplomatic approach aimed at encouraging direct dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Unlike many of its international counterparts, Togo did not participate in the voting process that saw 143 nations supporting the Palestinian bid, opposed by nine, including the U.S. and Israel, with 25 abstentions.

This decision stems from a longstanding policy that resolutions of such nature may not necessarily advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Togo’s government, maintaining close ties with Israel, believes that these resolutions might counterproductively affect the peace process.

Togo's abstention is rooted in its advocacy for direct negotiations as the only viable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Togolese officials argue that engaging in dialogue without preconditions is paramount and urge both parties to return to the negotiating table.

This stance reflects a broader strategy of promoting peaceful resolution through dialogue over unilateral declarations or resolutions.

Togo’s diplomatic actions may seem minor on the global stage, but they represent a significant expression of its independent foreign policy.

By abstaining from the vote, Togo is signaling its commitment to a peace process that it sees as more inclusive and effective. This decision also aligns with Togo's broader foreign policy objectives of fostering stability and peace through constructive dialogue.

As the international community continues to grapple with the complex dynamics of the Middle East, Togo's emphasis on direct dialogue stands out as a principled and potentially more effective approach to diplomacy.

While the path to peace between Israelis and Palestinians remains fraught with challenges, Togo’s stance serves as a reminder of the importance of striving for solutions that involve direct engagement by all parties involved.

Togo’s approach could encourage other nations to consider the long-term implications of their diplomatic choices in conflict zones.

As Togo champions direct dialogue, it may inspire similar moves by other countries, potentially leading to a new paradigm in how diplomatic efforts are conducted in international conflicts.

By John Volko 

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