Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni earlier this week and expressed hope that the African country would become the third nation to do so, following in the footsteps of the US and Guatemala.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni stated in response that he is considering this option.
The prime minister has made improving ties with African nations a priority over the last few years.
“Israel is making a big return to Africa, and Africa has already returned to Israel. These are important ties politically, economically and in terms of security,” Netanyahu said before he headed to Uganda, adding that he hopes to have good news for the State of Israel by the end of the day, referring to the possible opening of Uganda’s embassy in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu’s visit comes at a time when the two countries are set to mark their 26th-year anniversary since diplomatic relations were renewed in 1994. The Israeli embassy in Uganda had closed in 1972.
Netanyahu last visited Uganda in 2016, during the 40th anniversary of “Operation Entebbe” that left the prime minister’s older brother, hero Yonatan Netanyahu, dead.