ISRAEL and Seven African countries including Zambia with a population of almost 300 million people have agreed to collaborate on security and economic matters to improve the lives of citizens.
And Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country was a perfect parter to African countries on various fields especially security and economic development.
Israel and seven African countries agreed to encourage new avenues of cooperation based on human capacity building and the use of new innovative technologies for sustainable development.
This is according to a communique read by Uganda Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Mutesa yesterday at Uganda State House during the closing ceremony for one-day mini-Regional Summit on Counter Terrorism.
The Summit was attended by Zambia’s Republican President Edgar Lungu , Mr Netanyahu, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Tanzania ‘ s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Augustine Mahiga.
President Lungu’s presidential jet touched down at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda yesterday around 14:42 hours (Uganda time) and 13:42 hours Zambian time where he was give a military gun salute.
He was a companies by Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba and Special assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda among others while he was received by Uganda Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Oryem Okelo, Ms Kapijimpanga and other officials.
Yesterday, Uganda also hosted a ceremony at Old Entebbe Airport to mark the 40 years of Israel Commando’s Raid to free Israel hostages in 1976.
“During the Summit, it was observed that terrorism has remained a major threat to peace and security of many countries in Africa and beyond.
“The leaders emphasised the need for increased regional and international cooperation in all fields inclu cyber security,” Mr Mutesa said.
He said the leaders appreciated the invitation and hospitality accorded to them and their delegations by President Museveni and they looked forward to other bilateral and regional cooperation between African countries and Israel.
And Mr Netanyahu said his country was the best partner go African countries various fields especially in security and economic matters.
He said Israel has developed capacity to fight terrorism and had advanced agriculture technologies which African countries could exploit.
“I believe in Africa’s future and partnership with Israel. I believe Israel is coming back to Africa while Africa is also coming back to Israel,” he said.
And Mr Museveni thanked the Heads of States for attending the mini Summit on Counter Terrorism after a short notice.
He said the leaders discussed a number of issues especially security and economic cooperation during their closed door meeting which he described as long and thorough.