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AU justifies the expulsion of Israeli delegation from its summit

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African Union chief, Moussa Faki Mahamat mentioned Israel’s observer standing with the group had been suspended and the nation was subsequently not invited to its weekend summit.

AU fee head Moussa Faki Mahamat mentioned on Sunday, a day after the Israeli delegation was expelled from the opening ceremony of the summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa: “Final yr we mentioned the query of Israel’s standing as an observer within the African Union. Following these numerous discussions, the convention determined to arrange an advert hoc committee of heads of state on the query, which implies that the statute is suspended till this committee can deliberate. And so we didn’t invite Israeli officers to our summit,” he declared.

Moussa Faki Mahamat had granted this observer standing to Israel in 2021. The announcement had sparked an outcry all through the pan-African bloc and protests particularly from Algeria and South Africa. A committee of heads of state was then arrange final yr to debate the withdrawal of accreditation. The statute had been suspended whereas the committee was deliberating.

“We discovered that there’s a persona who entered the room with a badge and, naturally, we requested him to go away the premises. We’re within the course of of constructing the required investigations as a result of he doesn’t reside right here, he got here from Israel and when by no means somebody arrives right here, he’s invited, he’s invited by the chairperson of the African Union Fee. The official was not invited” added Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Following Saturday’s incident that went viral on social media, the Israeli regime accused what it known as a handful of extremist states like Algeria and South Africa of being behind the this motion.