​PM Netanyahu: Very significant that Kenyan president supports Israel receiving observer status in the African Union

PM Netanyahu attends joint press conference with Kenyan President Kenyatta


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​(Communicated by the Prime minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 5 July 2016), in Nairobi, made the following remarks at a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta:
"We just heard something very important from the President of Kenya who said very clearly that he and his colleagues, whom I met with yesterday, would work to restore Israel as an observer to the African Union.

“This is very significant from our point-of-view. Africa is a continent with 54 countries. The possibility of changing their direction and their attitude toward Israel would be a strategic change in Israel’s international position. This starts in one place, this effort that the President has defined, to make Israel an observer to the African Union.

“I think that this is significant. This will have an impact in Africa now, but I think that it will have very considerable affect regarding Israel’s international relations in the future, vis-à-vis our effort to bring about a very great number of countries that support Israel."