Israel to open embassy in Rwanda: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara meet with President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyatta's wife at the president's house in Nairobi Kenya

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that Israel plans to open its first embassy in Rwanda, and officials are also considering starting direct flights between the two countries.

The trip comes amidst Israeli efforts to strengthen the ties with African nations and would be Netanyahu's third visit to the continent over the last six months.

"We are opening a new embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali as part of Israel's expanding presence in Africa and the deepening of cooperation between Israel and the countries of Africa", Netanyahu sated.




Netanyahu was on a one-day visit to Nairobi for celebrations as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in Tuesday for a second term. "This is a threat to all of us, and I believe that we can cooperate with other countries between us and with others", Netanyahu said. However the decision to postpone the conference indefinitely, which would have seen delegations from 54 African countries gather to meet the Israeli delegation, was considered a huge blow to Israel. So for every, every one of your initiatives, there will be an initiative on our part to seize the future, to make life better and safer for your people. Netanyahu joined a number of African leaders for a festive luncheon and was scheduled to have bilateral meetings afterward with some of them. "It's good for you, it's good for us, it's good for Africa". "If we work together we can defeat the barbarians". "And I hope that we will find a way to help Israel become an observer of the African Union because we can help- we cannot only watch, but we can help build a better future for Africa together". "This is our goal", Netanyahu concluded.

Netanyahu is set to meet leaders of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Togo, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia among other senior officials. He has made improving relations with African nations a priority.

Seeking to deport African migrants who have arrived in Israel, Netanyahu's government has also signed deals with Rwanda and Uganda to accept departing migrants on condition they consent to the arrangement.

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