Algeria’s Foreign Minister (FM) Ramtane Lamamra announced that it was decided to present the issue of acceptance of Israel as an observer member of the African Union (AU) to the summit scheduled for next February.
Lamamra speaking after talks on the issue of granting observer status to Israel within the African Union.
He said that the hour-long debate between African foreign ministers on the controversial issue of granting observer status to Israel by Moussa Faki, Chairperson of the African Commission, has exposed the deep division among the member states of the Union African
Lamamra pointed out that many countries such as Algeria, which opposed the regrettable and dangerous decision of the Chairperson of the African Commission, defended the supreme interest of Africa, which is embodied in its unity and the unity of its peoples.
He added that it is unfortunate that the proposal of Nigeria and Algeria, which aims to restore the situation immediately, was not accepted by the activist minority represented by Morocco and some of its close allies, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which secured a particularly biased presidency.
According to Lamamra, the pleadings of South Africa and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in favor of the just cause of the Palestinian people put into perspective the grave damage that Moussa Faki’s decision caused to the historical legacy of Africa’s struggle against colonialism and apartheid.
Algerian FM continued to say that the current majority of African ministers, realizing that the institutional crisis resulting from the irresponsible decision of Moussa Faki is making the division of the continent irreversible, finally agreed to bring the issue to the African Union Heads of State Summit scheduled for next February.
Last Wednesday, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) expressed its concern and objection to the African Union’s decision to grant Israel the status of an observer member.