Rwanda: Israel to Open an Embassy in Kigali

Rwanda: Israel to Open an Embassy in Kigali

Rwanda: Israel to Open an Embassy in Kigali

The visit comes at the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was recently re-elected in controversial elections.

"I informed him (President Kagame) that Israel will open, for the first time, an embassy in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda". "We believe in Africa".

"This is my third visit to Africa and second to Kenya, 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".

Over the past two years, legations from four African countries have opened in Israel.

Netanyahu has previously announced on more than one occasion since a year ago, and even during his visit to Africa, that he is trying to establish a closer relationship with the continent to cut with the instinctive sympathy for Palestine in worldwide institutions in which Palestinians are supported.

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During a celebratory lunch at the Presidential Palace, Netanyahu told the African leaders in attendance that Israel would like to help bring electricity to Africa. "It's good for you, it's good for us, it's good for Africa". Netanyahu joined a number of African leaders for a festive luncheon and was scheduled to have bilateral meetings afterward with some of them. "If we work together we will defeat the barbarians. Our people deserve better, we can provide it for them", he added.

Netanyahu also related to Israel's attempt to become and observed to the African Union. "This is our goal", Netanyahu concluded.

The event was attended by several heads of states; Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Ian Khama (Botswana), Ali Bongo (Gabon), Mohamed Farmajo (Somalia), Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Ismael Guelleh (Djibouti), Hailemariam Desalegn (Ethiopia).

Netanyahu was last in Kenya in July 2016. Weeks later, the Republic of Guinea, a Muslim-majority African nation, restored diplomatic ties with Israel after a 49-year break.

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