Tanzania will open an embassy next week in Israel for the first time.

The grand opening of the embassy in Ramat Gan will be held on May 8 and be attended by Tanzania’s Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga.

It will be Mahiga’s first visit to Israel.

Tanzania’s first ambassador to Israel, Daudi Masima, entered the role in June of last year. Prior to his appointment, Tanzania was represented by Honorary Consul Kasbian Nuriel Chirich, who worked to deepen bilateral ties between the countries.

The opening of the new embassy follows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official trip to Africa in 2017, and an official visit last month by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to Tanzania.