September 2, 2009
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman leaves on a diplomatic mission to Africa today, as he looks to take Israeli foreign policy in a new direction.
The trip marks the first time that an Israeli foreign minister has visited sub-Saharan Africa in more than 20 years.
Mr Lieberman and a delegation of 20 Israeli businesspeople will visit Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Ghana during the week-long trip.
Africa has a strong presence in international forums, such as the UN, where it tends to exhibit pro-Arab sentiment.