Israeli Representative Removed From African Union Summit

Following apparent pressure from Algeria and South Africa, Israel’s representative was ousted from the auditorium at the summit in Addis Ababa, after Israel’s observer status in the organization was reinstated

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Representatives of the member countries at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday. Credit: EDUARDO SOTERAS – AFP

In a rare diplomatic incident, the Israeli representative was removed from the auditorium of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, apparently due to pressure from member states.

According to diplomatic officials, the deputy director of the African Division at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Sharon Bar-Li, had the proper authorization to participate in the summit as an observer. She was seemingly ousted due to pressure from Algeria and South Africa.

Discussions are being held in order to allow her to return to the summit, which is scheduled to continue into Sunday.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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