• Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu is on his fifth visit to Africa in less than four years
  • The continent is a lucrative market for defense equipment and the agriculture sector.
  • Following lots of Meetings and Talks, Israel now has diplomatic relations with 39 of 47 sub-Saharan African states

 

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday held talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and asked Uganda to open a mission in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu first visited Uganda in July 2016 to mark the 40th anniversary of a hostage rescue at Entebbe airport, in which his brother Yonatan died.

During a joint press conference, Netanyahu told Museveni that there two things that need to be achieved with one being direct flights from Israel to Uganda and the other Uganda opening an embassy in Jerusalem since Israel was set to open an Embassy in Kampala.

For the last few years, most diplomatic missions in Israel have been in Tel Aviv as countries maintained a neutral stance over the status of Jerusalem until recently in 2017 when the US President Donald Trump shocked the World by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israel has continuously boosted its links with African nations, improving ties following a difficult period when many post-independence African leaders sided with Israel’s Arab rivals and viewed Israel’s support for apartheid South Africa with intense suspicion.

Following lots of Meetings and Talks, Israel now has diplomatic relations with 39 of 47 sub-Saharan African states and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu is on his fifth visit to Africa in less than four years since the continent is a lucrative market for defense equipment and the agriculture sector.

Following Israeli expertise in military and agricultural technology, the opportunity for trade with Africa has grown over the years.

 

 

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