Uhuru Kenyatta heads to Israel for 3-day State visit

Monday February 22 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the

President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the opening the 18th African Water Association (AfWA) Congress at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi on February 22, 2016. He is expected to travel to Israel for a three-day State visit. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Monday travel to Israel for a three-day State visit.

During his visit, President Kenyatta will meet Israel’s president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior government officials.

He will also attend a forum on the economy, and visit key showcase projects, including in industry and agriculture.

Kenya has benefited from the Israeli government through the country’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV).

Sectors that have benefited from the cooperation include agriculture, health, water and sanitation, education, disaster management and security.

President Kenyatta and his host Mr Netanyahu are expected to discuss how the two countries can cooperate in the fight against terrorism in view of Al-Shabaab attacks in Kenya.

After his visit to Israel, President Kenyatta will travel to Tanzania to attend the 17th Summit of East African Community Heads of State.

The summit is set to take place on February 29.

Top on the agenda for this year’s summit is to consider reports by the EAC Council of Ministers on admitting South Sudan and Somalia into the community.

During the meeting, the heads of state are also expected to launch the landmark East African electronic passport (e-passport), which will enable the free movement of people within the region.