A delegation of israeli observers was expelled from the African Union Summit Opening Ceremony (AU) in Ethiopia, as denounced by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which accused Iran of the incident with the support of South Africa and Algeria.
A video broadcast in local media shows the Deputy Director General for Africa from the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Sharon Bar Lileaving the premises in Addis Ababa escorted by several guards, with whom she argued for a few minutes.
“Israel takes seriously the incident in which the envoy for Africa, Sharon Bar-Li, was expelled from the African Union hall despite her status as an accredited observer with access passes”, indicated a spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, through a statement.
“It is unfortunate to see that the African Union has been held hostage by a small number of extremist countries such as Algeria and South Africa.driven by hate and controlled by Iran,” the ministry added, urging African countries to oppose these actions.
Later, the Israeli Foreign Ministry reported that “the head of the South African embassy in Israel will be summoned this week for a reprimand conversation”.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, thanked this Saturday at the summit for the support of the AU to the Palestinian cause and to “the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to end the Israeli occupation of their land and to establish their independent state,” reported the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA.
Israel obtained observer status at the AU in 2021 after decades of diplomatic efforts, prompting protests from several members of the bloc of 55 countriessuch as South Africa and Algeria, which allege a contradiction of the principles of support for the Palestinians of the AU.
The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly called on African leaders to withdraw Israel’s accreditation from the AU, denouncing an “apartheid regime” in the Palestinian territories it has occupied since 1967.
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Israel announced last week that it expects to sign a normalization agreement with Sudan by the end of the year, following a visit by Foreign Minister, Eli Cohento Khartoum, where he held a meeting with the president of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdelfatah al-Burhan.
In a press conference shortly after landing in Israel, Cohen assured that both countries “they finalized the text of the agreement” with the goal that it can be signed by the end of 2023.
In turn, he explained that “the signing ceremony is expected to take place after the transfer of power in Sudan to a civilian government that will be established as part of the ongoing transition process in the country.”
For its part, the Sudanese Sovereign Council confirmed that Al Burhan met with Cohen and “discussed the establishment of fruitful relations with Israel.” “The Sudanese side urged the Israeli side to achieve stability between Israel and the Palestinian people”he added.
They also discussed “the role played by Sudan in addressing security problems in the region”, as well as “prospects for joint cooperation” in agriculture, energy, health, education, water or security.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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