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Kenya: Why Benjamin Netanyahu is No-Show at Kasarani, Nairobi

Kenya: Why Benjamin Netanyahu is No-Show at Kasarani, Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of previous bilateral talks in Jerusalem, Israel.

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

"I am now leaving for my third visit to Africa within a year-and-a-half".

The visit comes at the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was recently re-elected in controversial elections.

"We believe in the future of Africa, we love Africa, and I deeply wish, not only to cooperate personally with each of the African countries, with Kenya and with each of the African countries, but also with the African Union", Netanyahu said.

Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Ian Khama (Botswana), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Hage Geingob (Namibia), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Muhammed (Djibouti), Abdullahi Farmajo (Somalia), Guinea's Prime Minister Mamady Youla and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attended the ceremony.

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

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".

Netanyahu was last in the African country in July 2016.

Israel and Rwanda re-established ties in 1994 after they were broken in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War.

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