President Uhuru visits Church of Holy Sepulchre and Wailing Wall


President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is on a State visit to Israel, on Wednesday afternoon visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which contains the two holiest sites in Christiandom.

The Church contains the Calvary, the site identified as where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. It also contains the tomb of Jesus.

As the site of the Resurrection of Christ, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been a major pilgrimage destination for Christians for centuries.

President Kenyatta later visited the Western Wall, popularly known as the Wailing Wall, the most significant religious site in the world for Jewish people.

The President arrived at the wall shortly before 6.00 p.m, donned a white skull-cap and met with the Western Wall rabbi who explained to him its historic and religious significance. President Kenyatta then placed a note in the Wall’s stones.

The President was accompanied by members of his delegation and Israeli officials including Israel’s Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Yahel Vilan.

Later in the evening, Israel’s Head of Opposition, Mr Isaac Herzog, made a courtesy call on President Kenyatta at his hotel. The opposition leader is the son of former President of Israel, Chaim Herzog.

Earlier in the day, President Kenyatta visited a Kibbutz where more than 70 Kenyan students are learning drylands farming technologies and automated agriculture.

The President is on a 3-day State visit to Israel aimed at deepening ties between the two countries.

On Tuesday, President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement paving the way for stronger collaboration in water and irrigation.

The President will on Thursday attend an economic forum in Tel Aviv that will bring together the Kenyan business community in Israel besides other engagements.


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