Netanyahu off to Kenya to foster ties with African countries

Netanyahu off to Kenya to foster ties with African countries

The one-day visit of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday is expected to be frenetically busy - and perhaps somewhat risky.

"Delegations from four African countries have opened in Israel in the past two years and I hope that by the end of the day I will be able to announce the opening of a new Israeli embassy in an African country and the hand is still extended", he added.

Netanyahu took off for Kenya, where he we will work to further boost Israel's ties with several African nations.

Early a year ago, Mr Netanyahu was the first Israeli premier, in decades, to travel to visit Africa.

"I am now leaving for my third visit to Africa within a year-and-a-half".

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"Rather, after landing in the morning and being received in an official ceremony, Netanyahu is scheduled to take part in an event at the Presidential palace, where he will have a joint meeting with some 10 African leaders", wrote the Post.

Diplomatic officials deflected criticism that Netanyahu is attending the ceremony even though it was contested and marred by violence, saying that the global community accepted the Supreme Court's authorisation of the second election results, which Kenyatta won by a margin of some 98%. In addition to meeting with Kagame, Netanyahu has also met with the leaders of Kenya, Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia.

Netanyahu is scheduled to speak at State House on Tuesday afternoon and there after hold a series of meetings with African heads of state.

Israel and Rwanda re-established ties in 1994 after they were broken in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War.