Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he would work to restore Israel as an observer at the African Union, a move the Israeli premier has described as ‘Very significant for Israel.’
The Jewish state previously enjoyed observer status in the now disbanded Organization of African Unity (OAU), but that honor was not extended when the OAU was replaced by the African Union.
“We believe that there is need for us as a continent to once again to reengage Israel on a more positive basis, with an understanding that our partnership can help make this world that much more secure,” President Kenyatta said.
We believe that there is need for us as a continent to once again to reengage Israel on a more positive basis, with an understanding that our partnership can help make this world that much more secure.
“This something that Kenya will continue to push, to see how Israel can regain her observer position at the African Union. I believe that this is not just good for Kenya. It is good for Africa. It is good for global peace. It is good for partnership,” he added.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is in the East African country as part of the second leg of his landmark African tour which started on Monday in Uganda.
The two leaders had earlier met in Uganda during an anti-terrorism summit hosted by Yoweri Museveni, which also brought together other leaders from the Eastern African sub region.
Netanyahu since his arrival in Kenya on Tuesday morning has held a joint press conference with his host, Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House. Both leaders have also witnessed the signing of agreements between the two nations in areas of agreed cooperation. Amongst others in areas of security, trade, agriculture and the economy.
The two leaders also flagged off a group of students heading to Israel to study irrigation and agriculture technologies.
The Israeli PM’s next destination would be to Rwanda where he is supposed to meet Paul Kagame and onwards to Ethiopia, the last stop of his tour before he heads back to Israel.