(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met today (Monday), 5 February 2007, at his Jerusalem office, with Kenyan Foreign Minister Raphael Tuju.

The two men discussed the historic and important network of relations between Israel and Kenya and agreed to expand and increase bilateral cooperation. Kenyan Foreign Minister Tuju thanked the State of Israel for its assistance in the field of rescue and emergency services. He added that Kenya was interested in studying Israel’s experience in various fields, including high-tech, agriculture and hydrological technology. 

Kenyan Foreign Minister Tuju expressed his country’s solidarity with Israel against terrorist elements and fundamentalist extremists. He added that he fully understood Israel’s concerns for the security of its residents and asked for technological assistance in dealing with crime and terrorism in Kenya. The Kenyan minister emphasized that there was a moral obligation to vote for Israel against those countries which claim that it is possible to erase it from the map.

Prime Minister Olmert promised to positively consider Kenya’s requests for aid. He invited Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki to pay an official visit to Jerusalem.