Africa-Israel Summit Pledges Cooperation Against Terror

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seated with the presidents of Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia. (Kobi Gideon (GPO))
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seated with the presidents of Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia. (Kobi Gideon (GPO))

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and seven African leaders at a counter-terror summit in Uganda on Monday issued a communique which proclaimed “a new era in relations between Israel and the countries of Africa.”

Represented at the summit were Israel, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

The presidents of the African countries pledged with Israel “to enhancing their cooperation in the fight against terror by sharing intelligence and utilizing new technologies, including in the sphere of cyber security.”

“Alongside the countries’ common security challenges are shared economic opportunities. The leaders discussed broadening and deepening regional and bilateral cooperation in many fields, including the deployment of new and innovative technologies, water management, agriculture, medicine, renewable energy and sustainable development.

“The Participants look forward to the African Union promptly re-granting observer status to the state of Israel. This step will reflect the friendship and be mutually beneficial to both parties,” the statement said.