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REVEALED: Netanyahu in Kenya but skips Kasarani event over security concerns

REVEALED: Netanyahu in Kenya but skips Kasarani event over security concerns

REVEALED:  Netanyahu in Kenya but skips Kasarani event over security concerns
November 28
02:53 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  left  for Kenya Tuesday morning for an official visit amid concerns about his security while in Nairobi.

A source familiar with the prime minister’s travel plans said there were some concerns over his safety in a massive crowd.

Hebrew media reports said the Shin Bet security service has therefore not green-lighted an appearance by Netanyahu at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium out of concern for his safety.

Officially, he is traveling to attend the inauguration of Kenya’s reelected President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday but his packed itinerary includes meetings with 11 African leaders.

While in Kenya, Netanyahu will attend an official lunch, where he will be joined by the leaders of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Togo, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia, the vice-president of Nigeria and other senior officials. The prime minister is to give an address during the meal.

Afterwards, Netanyahu is to hold bilateral meetings with several of the heads of state.

The purpose of the one-day trip to Nairobi, Netanyahu said before boarding the plane, “is to deepen [Israel’s] ties with Africa, including by establishing connections with nations with which we do not have diplomatic relations.”

He reiterated the government’s new focus on developing ties in Africa. “Four [Israeli] diplomatic offices have been opened in African in the past two years, and I hope that by the end of today I will be able to announce the opening of yet another Israeli embassy in an African nation. And this is just the beginning.”

Speaking at a Likud faction meeting in the Knesset on Monday, the prime minister boasted of the strong ties he has forged with the African nations, and reminded lawmakers that it was his third trip to the continent in the past year and a half.

He will depart Kenya on Tuesday night.

 

 

 

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