Knesset Members Visit 15 African Countries

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
December 9, 1997

The Foreign Ministry, on the instructions of Director-General Eitan Bentsur and with the approval of Foreign Minister David Levy, initiated a trip by six coalition Knesset members this past September and October.

The aim of the visits was to deepen the ties between Israel and African countries. During their tour, the MKs met with leaders and senior public figures and appeared in the local media. The participating MKs were Knesset Speaker Dan Tichon; MK Gideon Ezra; MK Ze’ev Boim; MK Alexander Lubotzky; MK Yehuda Lankri and MK Emanuel Zisman.

The countries visited included Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin.

During this successful official visit, the MKs and their hosts discussed the Middle East peace process, bilateral relations and ways to develop cooperation between Israel and African countries.

Knesset Speaker Tichon has invited the Foreign Ministry Director-General and the head of the Africa desk to the Knesset today, December 9, 1997, for a discussion and report about the visits from the participating MKs.