Israel closer on becoming AU observer member

On recent visit to Israel, Ghana’s foreign minister confirmed that her government would be assisting Israel to gain observer status at the African Union (AU).

Israel’s Prime Minister and Kenya’s president

Accra becomes the latest African nation to publicly back Israel for a spot at the continental body. Kenya and Ethiopia have already endorsed Israel’s bid to join as an an observer member when the vote takes place in February.

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Members with observer status at the AU have the opportunity to access all member states as well as address them as a bloc. This serves as an opportunity to strengthen political ties with the continent. One of the reasons why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pushing for observer status is to counter Palestine’s influence to the AU which has consistently taken a more pro-Palestine stance.

Palestine was granted observer status in 2013, while Turkey was granted the same in 2005.

The countries which should be AU observer members are Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and all countries which share the same fate as African states, do you agree? Countries like Cuba, played a significant role in fighting for independence in most of African countries.

Do you think Israel has a good interests on Africa and its people? Do you think AU is independent?

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