Netanyahu Meets Leaders of 15 African Nations in Outreach Bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspects a guard of honour at the State House in Nairobi on July 5, 2016, on the second leg of his tour of sub-Saharan Africa. / AFP / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with at least 15 leaders and representatives of African countries on Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York.

According to a statement by Netanyahu’s office, the meeting was part of Israel’s continuing bid to renew and rejuvenate ties with African states. These efforts have included high-level visits to African countries in recent weeks, as well as efforts to restore or strengthen ties with several Muslim-majority countries on the continent.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office readout, at the meeting, Netanyahu “told his interlocutors that he believes that Israel could be an amazing partner for their countries. He said that technology changes everything, including in communications, medicine, agriculture and education. He noted that Israel wants to share its technology with African countries.”

Netanyahu reportedly heard in return that other representatives at the gathering “thanked him and Israel for its cooperation in so many fields. They added that this cooperation was very important and would benefit the citizens of Africa and improve their standard of living.”

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