Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed plans to visit Liberia in the not too distant future to promote closer bilateral ties.
He said following his upcoming visit to East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda) West Africa would be next on his itinerary.
“After East Africa, my next visit will be to West Africa. Madam President, I look forward to you hosting me soon,” Netanyahu told President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently in Tel Aviv during a meeting.
The Israeli Prime Minister said during the East African visit he will reiterate his call for greater cooperation among Israel and African countries.
If Netanyahu comes to Liberia he would be the first top Israeli leader to visit Liberia in over three decades.
The last Israeli leader to visit Liberia was President Chaim Herzog who came to Liberia under the administration of President Samuel K. Doe in 1984.
Responding to an earlier call by President Sirleaf for more efforts on the part of the parties involved to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu said he is ready to meet with Palestinian Authority anywhere for direct talks without preconditions.
President Sirleaf called on all sides to the conflict to give peace a chance, adding that this will have a positive effect on global peace and security.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf also paid a visit to former Israeli President Shimon Peres at his Center for Peace headquarters in the coastal city of Jaffa.
There, the two Nobel Laureates exchanged views on a wide variety of perspectives on human development, poverty eradication, education, entrepreneurship and humanitarianism.
President Sirleaf and former Prime Minister Peres agreed to each designate a Special Envoy to work our modalities for the Center for Peace to assist Liberia in those areas.