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Kenya and Israel

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is on a three day visit to Israel. Earlier on Tuesday he met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Kenyatta is seeking support amid security challenges in the region. It is also hoped that this trip will enhance ties between the two countries as well as the exchange of intelligence. Kenyatta later met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This is ahead of Netanyahu’s visit to Uganda and Kenya this summer. Netanyahu’s trip will mark 40 years since the July 4, 1976, raid in Entebbe, Uganda.

The trip will also be a first by an Israeli prime minister to sub-Saharan Africa since Yitzhak Shamir visited four west African states in 1987. President Rivlin during the meeting praised Kenyatta for strides by his country to help in securing peace on the African continent.

“Kenya also, like Israel, is faced by numerous security challenges which require attention and resources to confront. It is, therefore, my wish that the cooperation on security matters and sharing of intelligence between our two states is heightened to meet the new and increased threats. Indeed, it is my sincere hope that this visit of mine will cement the bonds that are already strong, that link our two countries. Let me assure you Mr. President that we in Kenya hold Israel as a dear and very special friend.” Said Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta

“The leading role you play in the peace talks across Africa is a sign of your responsibility to your region and your commitment to peace. I salute you, I salute with the all people of Israel and the Kenya people, I salute the Kenya people for this strong leadership. Mr. President, Israel is proud, proud of the cooperation between our two peoples.” Said Israel President Reuven Rivlin

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