Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech in Jerusalem on October 10, 2019.
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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday held talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and referred to as for the opening of missions in every others’ international locations, throughout a go to aimed toward boosting ties.
Netanyahu final visited Uganda in July 2016 to mark the fortieth anniversary of a hostage rescue at Entebbe airport, by which his brother Yonatan died.
“There are two things we very much want to achieve… one is direct flights from Israel to Uganda,” Netanyahu informed Museveni at a joint press convention.
“And second… you open an embassy in Jerusalem, I’ll open an embassy in Kampala,” he added.
“We are studying that,” Museveni replied.
Traditionally, most diplomatic missions in Israel have been in Tel Aviv as international locations maintained a impartial stance over the standing of Jerusalem.
But US President Donald Trump shocked the world in December 2017 by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to that metropolis.
In current years, Israel has boosted its hyperlinks with African nations, bettering ties following a tough interval when many post-independence African leaders sided with Israel’s Arab rivals and seen Israel’s help for apartheid, South Africa, with intense suspicion.
Israel now has diplomatic relations with 39 of 47 sub-Saharan African states.
Netanyahu is on his fifth go to to Africa in lower than 4 years. The continent is a profitable marketplace for defence tools and the agriculture sector.
As Israeli experience in navy and agricultural expertise has developed, the chance for commerce with Africa has grown.