Israeli PM Netanyahu flies in, fails to attend Uhuru's inauguration

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu flies in, fails to attend Uhuru's inauguration

Israeli PM Netanyahu flies in, fails to attend Uhuru's inauguration

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Kenya on Tuesday for a visit, which includes meetings with African leaders and an announcement of a new Israeli embassy in Africa, his office said.

"Delegations from four African countries have opened in Israel in the past two years and I hope that by the end of the day I will be able to announce the opening of a new Israeli embassy in an African country and the hand is still extended", he added.

Busy, because Netanyahu has an agenda that reportedly includes meetings with no less than ten African leaders; and possibly unsafe, because of the volatile atmosphere of the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta amid charges of vote rigging and threatened disruptions.

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.

Pointing out that this will be his third visit to Africa in 18 months, Netanyahu said: "This tells you about the importance that we in Israel attribute to Africa, and no less importantly, the importance Africa places on strengthening ties with Israel".

At a festive lunch Netanyahu, who is also Israel's foreign minister, said he was seeking observer status for his country at the African Union.

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

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). He has made improving relations with African nations a priority.