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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that Israel has joined the African Union as an observer.
The page “Israel in Arabic”, affiliated with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Israel rejoins the Organization of the African Union as an observer state for the first time since 2002.”
Israel rejoins the African Union as an observer state for the first time since 2002. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid praised the State Department’s diplomatic achievement: “By establishing these relations, the two sides will be able to work together to fight Corona and prevent the spread of extremist terrorism across the continent.” https://t.co/Bv3WscnFn7
For his part, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said: “This diplomatic achievement is the result of the tireless work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli embassies on the continent. This corrects the anomaly that has existed for almost two decades.”
Lapid believed that this “will help us strengthen our activities on the African continent and with the member states of the organization”, noting that Israel has relations with 46 countries in Africa.
Lapid indicated that with Israel’s membership of the African Union as an observer, “the two sides will be able to work together to fight Corona and prevent the spread of extremist terrorism across the continent.”
The African Union was established on 9 July 2002 and comprises 55 African countries. The idea of the establishment goes back to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who called for its establishment in the mid-1990s.
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