NAIROBI, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country is set to intensify its co-operation with Kenya, especially in the areas of security and agriculture.

Netanyahu said here Tuesday that his government believed in the advancement of Africa and was ready to work with Kenya and other countries to help them achieve their goals.

The Israeli Prime Minister was speaking at State House Nairobi, during a luncheon hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in honour of visiting Heads of States and heads of delegations who were here to attend his swearing-in as president for a second five-year term.

This is my third visit to Africa and second to Kenya; we believe in the future of Africa, we love Africa and I would like very much not only to co-operate with Kenya but also with the African Union, said the Israeli Prime Minister.

Netanyahu held bilateral talks with President Kenyatta which focused on deepening co-operation in trade, security and agriculture.

The Prime Minister said it was because of his country’s desire to work with Africa that his government was seeking to be given an observer mission status in the AU. I hope we will all find away to help Israel have an observer status in the African Union because we can help build a better future for Africa, he added.

He said the challenges of terrorism facing the world could only be tackled through co-operation between governments.

If we work together we will defeat the barbarians. Our people deserve better lives and we can provide that for them, said the Israeli PM.

The Israeli leader said his country was ready to use its advanced technology in various fields of human endeavour to ensure African countries achieve their development goals. He said through its technological advancements in water, agriculture and power generation Israel would want to partner with the countries of Africa in achieving their goals.

Israel is working in water, agriculture, cyber security in information technology, in every field of human endeavour. We believe we can better lives for our people every where but first in Africa, he said.