Report: Israel to Open Embassy in Rwanda

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Rwandas President, Paul Kagame , right, arriving at the Kigali Memorial Center, Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Netanyahu is on a one day visit to Rwanda during a four-nation Africa tour.( AP Photo)
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The Times of Israel reports: Israel is opening a new embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, and is weighing direct commercial flights to the East African country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday.

“This is part of the expansion of Israel’s presence in Africa and of the deepening cooperation between Israel and African countries,” Netanyahu said after a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Nairobi.

Currently, the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia deals with Rwanda-related affairs. Israel recently agreed to pay the Rwandan government $5,000 for every African migrant in Israel it is willing to accept, as the Jewish state steps up efforts to deport the largely Sudanese and Eritrean population residing in the country illegally.

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