Israel to open embassy in Rwanda: Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 28, 2017.

Israel has sought business and security ties with African nations as well as support at UN bodies.

"Rather, after landing in the morning and being received in an official ceremony, Netanyahu is scheduled to take part in an event at the Presidential palace, where he will have a joint meeting with some 10 African leaders", wrote the Post.

"Our intention is to deepen ties with Africa also by forging links with countries that we do not have diplomatic relations with", Netanyahu stated before takeoff.

His visit to Kenya is his third to Africa in a year and a half.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is in the country for President Uhuru Kenyatta's inauguration but he will not be present at the Kasarani Stadium due to security concerns.

Whether Netanyahu will attend the inauguration itself remained uncertain as of late Monday, according to The Times of Israel, which cited a "source familiar with the prime minister's travel plans who said there were some concerns over his safety in a massive crowd". He expressed hope that by the end of the year, he will be able to announce the opening of a new Israeli embassy "in an African country, and our hand is still extended".

The Prime Minister's Office said that he will attend an official lunch, along with the leaders of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Togo, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia, the vice-president of Nigeria and other personages.

Netanyahu is scheduled to speak at State House on Tuesday afternoon and there after hold a series of meetings with African heads of state.

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