Botswana Rejects Israel’s Bid For African Union Observer Status

Botswana has rejected the African Union’s decision to grant observer status to Israel.
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“Moreover, the government of Botswana maintains that the continued occupation of Palestine by the State of Israel goes against the letter and spirit of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.” Botswana has rejected the African Union’s decision to grant observer status to Israel.

The government of Botswana said on Monday the unilateral decision by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to receive credentials from the Ambassador of Israel is “concerning.”

In a statement, Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation stated that the issue is a “sensitive matter” that should have been brought to the attention of all AU Member States before a decision was reached. This is also because of the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine, the statement read.

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