Sudan Rejects Israel “Observer” Status in African Union

epa08008860 President of Egypt and Chairperson of the African Union Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R), President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara(C) and President of Guinea Alpha Conde (L), take part in the G20 Compact with Africa conference in the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 19 November 2019. The G20 Compact with Africa summit takes place from 18 to 20 November 2019. EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA / POOL

The Sudanese foreign ministry expressed its rejection of the African Commission’s decision to grant Israel observer status in the African Union, despite establishing diplomatic ties with the Jewish state last year.

Khartoum’s foreign ministry said its stance was clear regarding Israel’s observer status, protesting that the decision was made without consulting member states.

A Ministry statement said; “This is a rejected approach and contradicts the efforts and principles of the African Union and it undermines the spirit of cooperation, mutual respect and consensus,”

Sudan and Israel normalised ties last year, but efforts to act on this agreement have been slow.

The African Union’s 39th regular session kicked off Thursday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and lasts till Friday.

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In July, Israel was granted official observer status at the African Union, a goal the country’s diplomats had been working towards for nearly two decades.

The move sparked outrage among a number of African Union countries, including Algeria, South Africa and Namibia, and was condemned by Palestinians on numerous occasions.

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