Netanyahu Welcomed in Kenya Amid Heavy Security

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second from left, stops to talk with a soldier as he inspects a guard of honor at Nairobi State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Netanyahu is in Kenya as part of his four-nation tour of Africa. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)
Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stops to talk with a soldier as he inspects a guard of honor at Nairobi State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, currently in Kenya, will hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on counterterrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security.

Kenya’s presidential communications unit said in a statement Tuesday that Netanyahu was given a 19-gun salute and a guard of honor by Kenyan soldiers at the president’s official residence.

Netanyahu is the first ruling Israeli prime minister to visit Kenya. Roads have been closed as part of the security for Netanyahu’s visit causing hours-long traffic snarls. Kenya has long been a target of extremist attacks that have hit Israeli interests.

In a near simultaneous attack in November 2002, al-Qaida terrorists blew up an explosives-laden vehicle at an Israeli-owned hotel on the Kenyan coast, killing 11 people, while others shot at an Israeli jetliner.