Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has started his African tour that will see him visit four countries in five days, search http://cultnews.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-sites-list-table.php Chimp Corps report.
“All of Africa is excited for this trip and I’m excited as well, what is ed ” Netanyahu told the press Monday before embarking on his historic journey.
Netanyahu arrives in Uganda Monday afternoon during which he will attend a ceremony to commemorate 40 years after the Israel commando raid on Entebbe Airport to rescue hostages.
The operation was led by Netanyahu’s brother, viagra approved Yoni, who was shot in the heart by a Ugandan army officer at the old airport terminal building.
The function, which will be graced by former Israel commandos who participated in the mission, high ranking government officials and other dignitaries, will see Yoni honoured.
Following the airport ceremony, Netanyahu will meet with seven other African leaders: Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga.
Officials say Netanyahu will give remarks on combating terrorism.
From Uganda, the Israel Premier will travel to Kenya where he will lay a wreath on the late Jomo Kenyatta’s grave.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu is the first incumbent Head of Israel’s government to visit Kenya, but relations between our nations go back to colonial times, when the Israeli Government formally communicated with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to express its support for him during his time in detention,” said State House Spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu in a statement on Sunday.
“In 1963, Israel was among the first to recognise our independence, and to establish ties of trade and technical assistance. Half a century later, those ties remain strong: the Galana-Kulalu irrigation project is an excellent example of the cooperation in agriculture between the two nations,” he added.
The Jerusalem Post reported Monday that Israel’s ties with Africa have warmed up considerably in recent years as a result of a common interest between Israel and some African states to combat Islamic terrorism, as well as an interest among many of the African countries in Israeli technology, especially water and agricultural know-how.
Esipisu said Israel-Kenya cooperation extends to maintaining peace and security.
“Kenya and Israel have long recognised that terrorism poses a global threat, and that it demands a global answer. That is why, over the years, we have worked together to protect our democracies, and to defeat extremism at home and abroad. We will continue that cooperation,” he added.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit comes at the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who extended it during his visit to Israel in February, which officials said further proves the vibrant partnership between the two countries.
President Kenyatta is also keen to deepen trade and investment between Israel and Kenya, and he will be looking to engage the Israeli business leaders who will accompany Premier Netanyahu on this visit.
Equally, a number of instruments and agreements governing investment and taxation have been negotiated by Kenya and Israel.
During this visit, President Kenyatta and the Israeli Prime Minister will sign or reaffirm these agreements, signifying that relations between the two nations have entered a new phase of closer cooperation and partnership, emphasised Esipisu.
From Kenya, Netanyahu will proceed to Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, where he will visit the memorial site there to the victims of the 1994 genocide, and meet with Kagame.
About eight hours later he will fly to Addis Ababa.
In Ethiopia he will meet separately with both the president and the prime minister, and address the Ethiopian parliament. He will also take part in an Ethiopian-Israeli business forum.
The prime minister, who is accompanied by about 80 businessmen, is scheduled to return to Israel on Friday morning.