Israel's Netanyahu attending Kenya inauguration


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

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 unsafe.

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

Busy, because Netanyahu has an agenda that reportedly includes meetings with no less than ten African leaders; and possibly risky, because of the volatile atmosphere of the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta amid charges of vote rigging and threatened disruptions.

"This is part of the widening of Israel's presence in Africa and part of the deepening of cooperation between Israel and African states". He expressed hope that by the end of the year, he will be able to announce the opening of a new Israeli embassy "in an African country, and our hand is still extended".

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is in the country for President Uhuru Kenyatta's inauguration but he will not be present at the Kasarani Stadium due to security concerns.

Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Ian Khama (Botswana), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Hage Geingob (Namibia), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Muhammed (Djibouti), Abdullahi Farmajo (Somalia), Guinea's Prime Minister Mamady Youla and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attended the ceremony.

Mr Netanyahu was scheduled to attend the event which is being attended by more than 10 heads of state.

"We believe in the future of Africa, we love Africa and I would like very much not only to cooperate on an individual basis with each of your countries but also with the African Union", he added.