Israel has obtained observer status in the African Union (AU), which it has been demanding for years, we learned from both sides on Thursday.
According to statements from the Pan-African Organization and Israel’s Diplomacy, Israel’s ambassador Aelley Adamasu presented his credentials to AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday.
“It corrects an anomaly that has lasted nearly two decades and represents an important part of strengthening Israel’s foreign ties,” Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement.
Israel maintains ties with 46 African countries “and has wide partnerships and cooperation in a range of areas, including trade and aid, according to the text.
Israel had observer status within the Organization for African Unity (OAU) until the transition to the African Union in 2002.
Palestine already enjoys this observer status in the AU, where it enjoys significant support, particularly in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
In May, Mr Faki “strongly condemned” Israeli “bombings” in the Gaza Strip as well as “actions of the Israeli military”, including the illegal, sustained and forced eviction of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem. -Is (…) openly in violation of international law”.
In his press release on Thursday, the commission’s chairman underlined that the AU “is very clear on its position, according to which, in the question of Palestine and Israel, a two-state solution is necessary for peaceful coexistence”.
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