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Israel Seeks Friends and Business in East Africa

Jul 11, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Israel Seeks Friends and Business in East Africa
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on July 5. Israel hopes to improve East African relations and cooperation on security and economic matters.
(SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his four-country trip to East Africa in Uganda on July 4 before heading to Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. It was the first visit by a sitting Israeli prime minister to the region since 1987. In a bid to bolster Israeli-East African ties, the prime minister held talks with his counterparts on increasing cooperation in security and economic matters. Official comments professing mutual dependence aside, the trip is unlikely to yield huge benefits given Israel’s relatively small size....

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