JERUSALEM, (Xinhua) --
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Kenya
on Tuesday for a whirlwind visit, which includes meetings with African leaders
and an announcement of a new Israeli embassy in Africa, his office said.
said the aim of his one-day trip is “to deepen ties with Africa also by forging
links with countries that we do not have diplomatic relations with.”
comes at the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta, who was recently re-elected in controversial elections.
released by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said his schedule includes
meetings with Kenyatta as well as some 10 other African leaders.
Hebrew-language Walla news site reported that the meetings include one with
Rwanda President Paul Kagame to discuss a deal for “voluntary expulsion” of
African asylum seekers from Israel to Rwanda.
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.
Over the past
two years, legations from four African countries have been opened in Israel. “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,”