DON'T MISS : Talking Africa Podcast - Gates Foundation CEO: 'Stop stockpiling & deploy vaccines to Africa to avoid costly new variants'

‘Israel’s absence from the AU is an historical aberration that is about to be resolved’ – FM Lapid

By Olivier Caslin
Posted on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 09:30

Israel FM Yai Lapid
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid attends a news conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss at the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office in London, Britain, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

It has been six months since Yair Lapid became Israel’s foreign affairs minister. From normalising relations with Morocco to security and economic cooperation, not to mention Israel’s reacquired observer status at the African Union (AU), the 58-year-old former journalist discusses his country’s major priorities and its relationship with Africa.

You were appointed minister of foreign affairs a few months ago. What are your plans for Africa?

Yair Lapid: Our country has had a rich history with the continent since the 1950s. Golda Meir, our then foreign affairs minister and future prime minister, outlined Israel’s political, economic, strategic and humanitarian approach to Africa. We continue to follow in her footsteps, expanding our bilateral and multilateral relations.