It is the first time that Israel is accredited to the AU after a previous accreditation lapsed with the dissolution of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 2002.
The two-day meeting of the AU’s executive council ended on Friday, with chairperson Christophe Lutundula, foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, postponing the decision until the heads of state summit in January, pending further investigation. This means that Admasu will be able to attend the summit as an accredited ambassador.
In a communiqué issued following the accreditation, Faki – who was re-elected for a second term in February – pointed out that he has the power to decide who to accredit, and over 70 non-African states and organisations have thus far been accredited to the AU without much controversy.
“The decision was taken on the basis of the fact of the recognition of Israel and
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