On Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Nairobi in order to attend the inauguration ceremony of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. In addition, he will meet with several other African leaders.

Netanyahu at the airport

Netanyahu at the airport Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Nairobi on Tuesday morning. While in Kenya, Netanyahu will attend the inauguration ceremony of recently re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta and meet with several African leaders.

“I am now leaving for my third visit to Africa within a year-and-a-half,” Netanyahu said at the airport before boarding the plane. “I will meet there with newly re-elected Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and with 10 African leaders as well.”

“Our intention is to deepen ties with Africa also by forging links with countries that we do not have diplomatic relations with,” he added. “Legations from four African countries have opened in Israel in the past two years and I hope that by the end of the year I will be able to announce the opening of a new Israeli embassy in an African country.”

Netanyahu was supposed to travel to Togo last month for an Africa-Israel summit. However, the event was canceled due to domestic issues in the West African nation. In June, Netanyahu flew to Liberia for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference.