Israel is planning to open its first embassy in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday. Netanyahu stated that the new embassy is “part of Israel’s expanding presence in Africa.”







Netanyahu and Kagame

Netanyahu and Kagame Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO

While in Kenya’s capital for the inauguration ceremony of its re-elected president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. During the meeting, Netanyahu informed Kagame that Israel will be opening an embassy in Kigali.

“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 explained, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office. The two leaders also discussed the possibility of opening a direct flight route between Israel and the East African country.

Watch: Netanyahu with Kagame 

During Netanyahu’s visit to Kenya, he met with other African leaders, including Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Zambian President Edgar Lungu. As reported earlier today by JOL, Netanyahu delivered a keynote address at the celebration following the inauguration ceremony of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday. During the speech, Netanyahu pledged that Israel will work with Kenya and the other African nations to fight terrorism and improve the lives of their people.

“I want you to know that Israel is your partner,” he said. “We believe in Africa. We believe in Kenya. We believe in our friendship. This is something that we translate into actual projects.”

“We would like to work with you and with every one of your countries to electrify Africa,” he said. “We believe in Africa. 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. It’s good for you, it’s good for us, it’s good for Africa.”