Israel to rejoin African Union as a member with observer status

Israel returning to observer status at African Union

Israel is going to again be a member with observer status of the African Union, the Foreign Ministry says.

Israel’s ambassador to Addis Ababa, Alaly Adamso, has submitted Israel’s charter as an observer member to the African Union. Until 2002, Israel was an observer member of the Organization of African Unity, until it was dissolved and replaced by the African Union.

Israel has diplomatic relations with 46 of the 55 nations in the African Union.

“This is a day of celebration for Israeli-Africa relations,” says Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. “The diplomatic achievement is the result of efforts by the Foreign Ministry, the African Division and Israeli embassies on the continent. This is a corrective step to the anomaly that has prevailed for almost two decades and is an important part of strengthening Israel’s foreign relations fabric.”

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