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Arab media reported that seven Arab countries have informed the African Union (AU) of their objection to its decision to grant Israeli observer status within the continental organization, with respect to which 5 other Arab countries and the League of Arab States have expressed solidarity. is expressed. Tuesday.
On 22 July, Israeli diplomacy announced that “Israel’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Aileen Adamasu, presented her credentials as an observer member of the African Union, without providing further details”.
Arab media, including the Egyptian newspaper “Al-Masri al-Youm” (private) and the Mauritanian website “Sahara Media” (private), specified that the embassies of Egypt, Algeria, Comoros and Tunisia, Djibouti, Mauritania and Libya. Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa (AU Headquarters), handed over “a note verbale to the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat”.
The note verbale mentions “objection to the decision to grant Israel observer status to the AU”, emphasizing “the rejection of this measure in view of the African Organization’s support for the Palestinian cause”.
Israel (on the Asian continent) continues to occupy Arab lands, refuses to establish an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, and continues to violate the rights of the Palestinian people.
The note said Israel’s request was not considered in accordance with the AU’s constitutional rules, “which represents a procedural flaw and unacceptable overstepping on the part of the commission’s chairman of his discretionary power.”
“The 7 Arab countries are officially opposing the decision and demand that it be debated in the AU,” the diplomatic note said.
The embassies of Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen as well as the Permanent Mission of the League of Arab States in Addis Ababa have expressed their solidarity with the position of the other seven Arab embassies on the issue, according to the daily “Al-Masri Al-Youm”. , while the “Sahara media” indicated that Palestine is one of the countries of solidarity.
On 25 July, the Algerian Foreign Ministry announced in a press release its refusal to accept Israel as a new observer for the European Union, emphasizing that the decision was “taken without consultation”.
According to the Egyptian newspaper, a meeting of the Executive Council of Foreign Ministers of the African Union countries is going to be held next October.
African diplomatic sources in Addis Ababa stressed in an interview with “Al-Masri Al-Youm” that “note verbale of the objection will be examined during the meeting of the Executive Council”.
As of 5:55 p.m. GMT, neither officials in those countries, nor Israel nor the African Organization have made a statement about what had been published regarding the objection note.
Of the 22 Arab countries, 6 maintain official relations with Israel, namely: Egypt, Jordan, the Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
Relations between the African countries and Israel have been strained since the 1960s, against the backdrop of the outbreak of national liberation movements against the colonization of the continent and the escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Later, the Israeli wars waged against Arab countries in 1967 and 1973 prompted countries in sub-Saharan Africa to sever their ties with Israel.
Tel Aviv has made great efforts in recent years to improve its relations with African countries, and has been able to forge closer ties with some African capitals.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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