After nearly 20 years of diplomatic efforts, Israel has attained observer status at the African Union (AU).
Making the move official, Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi and Chad Aleli Admasu on Thursday presented his credentials to Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the African Union Commission, at the bloc’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The South African government said Wednesday it is “appalled at the unjust and unwarranted decision” of the African Union Commission to grant Israel an observer status at the continental body.
“The African Union Commission has taken this decision unilaterally without consultations with its members,” South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said in a statement.
Namibia joined South Africa and several civil society groups on the continent Thursday in rejecting the recent decision by the African Union Commission to grant Israel observer status at the continental body.