Addis Ababa, June 12 – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman will travel to Ethiopia during a 10-day “strategic visit” to five African countries, according to an announcement on the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry’s website.
It said Liberman will be meeting high-ranking government officials of Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Kenya. The minister began his tour on Tuesday.
During his stay in Addis Ababa, the Israeli foreign minister is expected to meet President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom.
Liberman will hold collaborative financial-business seminars in the five countries, according to the website. The purpose of his visit is to develop economic ties between Israel and these countries.
The minister will be accompanied by a delegation from the Israel Export Institute, including representatives from some 50 Israeli companies and chairman of the African lobby in the Knesset, Simon Solomon.
Liberman was quoted as stressing the need to strengthen Israeli security and diplomatic, political and economic relations with Africa.
He has expressed commitment to further strengthen Israel’s relations with Africa in humanitarian assistance, investment and the fight against terrorism.