A decision “taken without the benefit of extensive prior consultation with all member states”: thus Algiers derives the authority granted by the Chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU) to Israel to keep the AU as a status observer. Israel, which has relations with some 40 African countries, had observer status within the Organization for African Unity (OAU) until its transition to the African Union in 2002.
Thus the Hebrew state again obtained this observer status in the au, which it had been seeking for years. In a statement, Algiers considers “the recent decision of the Chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU) to welcome a new observer who falls within his administrative privileges, the continued and active support of the continental organization”. is unlikely to change. Just the Palestinian cause”. “The conduct of the African Union does not allow the 87 Extra-African Observer States any possibility of influencing the status of the continental organization, the determination of which is the exclusive competence of its member states”, the other hand stressed. Algerian authorities.
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Since its independence, Algeria has taken the cause of “the people’s right to self-determination”, particularly the Palestinians, of whom it is one of the historical supporters.
In addition to the rapprochement between the AU and Israel, the recent normalization of diplomatic relations between Morocco and the Jewish state has also been criticized by Algeria.
Click on photo above to hear political scientist Hasani Abidi’s analysis. He directs the Center for Studies and Research on the Arab and Mediterranean World (Serum).