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Netanyahu to travel to South America in first-ever visit by an Israeli prime minister

PM to travel to Buenos Aires Sunday evening; Tour to include Argentina, Columbia and Mexico; Netanyahu will travel to UN General Assembly following S. America tour (Photo: CC), September 10, 2017.

Netanyahu at Sunday cabinet meeting (Eli Mandelbaum)


Prime Minister Netanyahu will depart this evening on his first diplomatic tour in South America, making history as the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit the continent.

His tour will focus on jump-starting Israeli-South American cooperative and business relations, as well as strengthening diplomatic ties. Several cooperative agreements will be signed and Netanyahu will meet with Jewish communities, as well as take part in a ceremony commemorating the 1992 terror attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

The prime minister will travel to Argentina, Columbia and Mexico and hold meetings with state leaders over the following week. His first meeting is scheduled with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina followed by a meeting with President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay, who is travelling to Buenos Aires to meet with Netanyahu.

The Office of the Prime Minister stated on his visit “Prime Minister Netanyahu will be accompanied by a delegation of Israeli businesspeople from the fields of agriculture, water, communications and energy. Members of the delegation will hold commercial meetings with their local counterparts; economic events will also be held in Argentina and Mexico, led by Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Argentine and Mexican heads of state.”

Following Argentina, Netanyahu will travel to Bogota to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos. Israel and Columbia will sign two cooperative agreements in science and tourism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu will then fly to Mexico City to meet with President Enrique Peńa Nieto, the two leaders to sign memorandums of understanding in space, aviation and communications.

Following his South America tour he will travel to the United States to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. He will then return to Israel for Rosh HaShanah- the Jewish New Year.