World Bulletin / News Desk
Ethiopia will support Israel’s bid to regain observer status in the African Union, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday.
Addressing a joint press conference alongside visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Desalegn said Netanyahu “has requested Ethiopia to support them in [regaining its] observer position in the African Union and as a matter of principle we see … no reason to deny [that].”
He said Israel was working very hard with many African countries in peace and security, development, and capacity development, among other areas.
Hailemariam also said Israel supports Ethiopia’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nation Security Council beginning in 2017 and is supporting the country’s bid for World Health Organization directorship.
The African Union stripped Israel of observer status with the AU in 2003 in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, and gave Palestine observer status in 2013.
During Netanyahu’s visit, the two sides signed cooperation deals in the fields of culture and tourism and capacity-building.Last Mod: 08 Temmuz 2016, 11:25