Representatives of seven Arab members of the African Union delivered a verbal objection note to the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, regarding the decision to accept Israel as an observer.
In the notes delivered by the ambassadors of Egypt, Algeria, the Comoros, Tunisia, Djibouti, Mauritania, and Libya in Addis Ababa, where the African Union headquarters are located, the countries in question emphasized the support of the African Union for the Palestinian cause, and that Israel should not be an observer in the African Union.
In the notes, it was noted that accepting Israel as an observer member of the Union is against the Union’s system. “This is unacceptable at the discretion of the President of the Commission. It is a procedural and political violation,” the statement included.
Previously, the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana also objected to the decision to accept Israel as an observer member of the African Union.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a written statement on July 22, announced that Israel was accepted as an observer member of the African Union.