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RWANDAN PRESIDENT IN ISRAEL TO CONSOLIDATE TIES BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES

July 09, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Rwandan president Paul Kagame





Paul Kagame, the Rwandan president is visiting Israel on Sunday, July 9th. He is considered the main African ally of Israel.

A two-day visit that consolidates the links considered particularly warm between the two countries. On the program are meetings with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

For Emmanuel Nahshon, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Rwandan president plays a key role in bringing Israel and the African continent closer together. "President Kagame is one of the architects of the strategy that allows Israel to renew its relations with African States. It is thanks to him that several African countries are now voting in favor of Israel and are coming closer to us," he said.

Last summer, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a diplomatic tour of Africa. He visited four countries, including Rwanda. In addition, the two countries signed a cooperation agreement in 2014 and 2015, and Rwanda also opened an embassy in Tel Aviv.

Last April, Paul Kagame spoke out for Israel before Aipac, the pro-Israel lobby in the United States. "Israel has the right to exist and prosper as a full member of the international community," said the Rwandan president. "It is not an infringement of the rights of another people."



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