On visit to Kenya, Liberman vows to help Africa fight terror
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On visit to Kenya, Liberman vows to help Africa fight terror

FM blasts 'axis' of extremist groups in Somalia, Nigeria and Middle East

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who is in the midst of a visit to several African countries, on Wednesday urged African leaders to join the struggle against Islamist extremism and terrorism by al-Qaeda, global jihadists and members of other organizations active in both the Middle East and Africa.

Speaking to Israel Radio from Nairobi, Liberman said he had promised President Uhuru Kenyatta that Israel would join forces with Kenya in the struggle against terror. Since many of the African states he was visiting were finding it difficult to unite in the fight against terrorism, he said, Israel was prepared to help them do so.

Liberman also blasted terrorist organizations active throughout the African continent, from Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab to Boko Haram, which gained worldwide notoriety after abducting nearly 300 schoolgirls. These groups, he said, belonged to the same axis as Hamas in Gaza, along with terrorist organizations active in Syria and Iraq.

Liberman left for Africa on Tuesday on a mission to gain observer status for the Jewish state in the African Union. The 10-day trip, Liberman’s first to Africa since 2009, takes in Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

“Africa is a key objective in the foreign policy of Israel, and we will deploy political efforts so Israel can be admitted this year as an observer member of the African Union,” it quoted Liberman as saying.

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