Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to start what he described as an “historic visit” to Africa.
He is travelling to Uganda on the 40th anniversary of the Israeli commando rescue of passengers from a hijacked plane that was forced to land at Entebbe airport.
The plane had been en route to France from Israel.
An Israeli PM has not been to the continent for decades and during today’s visit Mr Netanyahu will meet heads of state from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia and South Sudan, plus Tanzania’s foreign minister.
Mr Netanyahu’s spokesperson has been tweeting pictures:
PM Netanyahu departed for a historic visit to Africa in which he will attend a summit w leaders of 7 African nations pic.twitter.com/2H3ewRo6PX
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) July 4, 2016
Israel is describing this as a “return to the African continent”.
Israel returnes to Africa: Here's the special logo that marks PM Netanyahu's historic state visit to Africa. pic.twitter.com/24wWIEXAtJ
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) July 3, 2016
Uganda’s New Vision newspaper has a feature on today’s visit of Mr Netanyahu:
— Vision Group Uganda (@VisionGrp) July 4, 2016