Ayalon: Israel’s contribution to strengthening Kenyan society is the best answer to Iran’s dangerous attempts to infiltrate the African continent.

 DFM Ayalon meets with Kenyan Speaker of Parliament


DFM Ayalon with Kenyan Parliamentary Speaker, Hon. Marende (Photo: Avi Hayun)

Communicated by Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau

Today (7 March) Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met with the Kenyan Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Kenneth Marende, E.G.H., M.P. The guest was accompanied by the Chair of the Defense and Foreign Relations Committee and the Chair of the Transportation and Public Works Committee of the Kenyan Parliament.

Ayalon told Hon. Marende that experience in the Middle East has shown that it is essential to lay the foundations of democracy, rule by law and a strong, prosperous civil society in order to prevent revolutions of the type we are seeing today. Israel is committed to strengthening civil society in Kenya and in the rest of Africa.

Israel will continue to help by sharing technological know-how and by providing tools for the development of a strong, prosperous, egalitarian society. Ayalon mentioned that, recently, he signed a Declaration of Intent with German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel, for cooperation in saving Lake Victoria, a major source of life and livelihood in Kenya. This is in addition to a long list of activities to solve problems of drought and food shortage in Kenya, such as donation of farms, and other types of aid, such as construction by an Israeli team of a modern emergency room in a Kenyan hospital.

Israel’s contribution to strengthening the foundations of society in Kenya is the best answer to Iran’s dangerous attempts to infiltrate the African continent, said Ayalon.

Deputy FM Ayalon asked Kenya to increase cooperation with Israel on votes and resolutions concerning Israel in international forums, in order to overcome the Arabs’ automatic anti-Israel majority.