In Africa, Netanyahu talks of Kazakhstan trip

NAIROBI – With two days and two states left on his five-day, four state African visit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was already thinking of upcoming trips, telling reporters Tuesday that he will visit Kazakhstan, and possibly Azerbaijan, by the end of the year.

Both are Muslim countries that are strategically very important for Israel. They are Israel’s two largest oil exporters, and Azerbaijan shares a border with Iran.

Perhaps most significantly at this time, Kazakhstan will become one of the five rotating members of the 15-member UN Security Council when it takes up this seat for two years beginning on January 1 2017.


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