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Israeli prime minister welcomed to Kenya amid heavy security

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, right, walk together after giving a joint press conference at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Netanyahu is in Kenya as part of his four-nation tour of Africa. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, right, walk together after giving a joint press conference at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Netanyahu is in Kenya as part of his four-nation tour of Africa. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta , right, embrace at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Netanyahu said his country's raid on Uganda's Entebbe airport 40-years ago, in which his brother was killed, "changed the course" of his life and had a lasting influence on his country's relations with Africa.  (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta , right, embrace at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Netanyahu said his country's raid on Uganda's Entebbe airport 40-years ago, in which his brother was killed, "changed the course" of his life and had a lasting influence on his country's relations with Africa. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Delegates listen as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta speak during a joint press conference as at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Netanyahu is in Kenya as part of his four-nation tour of Africa. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)

    Delegates listen as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta speak during a joint press conference as at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Netanyahu is in Kenya as part of his four-nation tour of Africa. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently in Kenya, will hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture, amid tight security.

Kenya's presidential communications unit said in a statement Tuesday that Netanyahu was given a 19-gun salute and a guard of honor by Kenyans soldiers at the president's official residence.

Netanyahu is the first ruling Israeli prime minister to visit Kenya. Roads have been closed as part of the security for Netanyahu's visit causing hours-long traffic snarl-ups. Kenya has long been a target of extremist attacks which have hit Israeli interests.

In a near simultaneous attack in November 2002, al-Qaida extremists blew up an explosive laden vehicle at an Israeli-owned hotel at the Kenyan coast killing 11 people, while others shot at an Israeli jetliner.