Netanyahu lands in Uganda for Entebbe raid fete

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Uganda for his four-day African tour.

The Boeing 767 carrying Rt Hon Netanyahu and his wife Sarah landed at 1PM local time ahead of a small ceremony at Entebbe airport.

He was received by President Yoweri Museveni, First Lady Janet Museveni, Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.

Netanyahu was also given a 21-gun salute before inspecting a guard of honour mounted by Ugandan troops, UPDF.

Benjamin Netanyahu initially wanted a private visit but President Museveni wrote to him and invited him officially, according to government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo.

He will attend a mini-summit at State House, Entebbe, involving seven African leaders focusing on combating terrorism.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga are expected in Uganda ahead of a summit with Netanyahu.

“Israel intends to return to Africa, just as Africa is returning to Israel,” Netanyahu told the Cabinet on Sunday.

Benjamin Netanyahu jets into Uganda today as he embarks on a five-day Africa tour, the first by an Israeli Prime Minister since 1994.

Upon arrival at Entebbe, he took part in a ceremony to mark 40 years since the Entebbe raid.

His brother “Yoni” was among those killed when Israeli commandos raided Entebbe to free Israelis who had been taken hostages by Palestinian hijackers.

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