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African Union chief says Israel has role to play in Africa

Participating at the OECD Africa Forum, African Union Chief and President of Senegal Macky Sall acknowledged Israel’s engagement in Africa, especially on the backdrop of the crisis generated by the Ukraine war.
African Union Chief and President of Senegal Macky Sall (2-R) participates at the OECD Africa Forum in France, on June 10, 2022.

PARIS — “Israel is part of the family of nations, so it has a role to play in Africa. In partnership. I must say that in several African countries, Israel is working in specific domains such as agriculture, security, defense and other sectors. Now, Israel should take part in this general effort for Africa, because it (Israel) is an important country,” African Union Chief and President of Senegal Macky Sall told Al-Monitor.

In France for the annual Africa Forum organized by the OECD, Sall expressed his hopes for continued Israel engagement in the continent. Talking to Al-Monitor, Sall explained that countries of the world must understand that Africa, too, is important. “We cannot have the Ukrainian war becoming a new burden for the African continent. Unfortunately, the war has created this situation (of a global crisis), and there were also the sanctions. So it's important to remove the constraints related to sanctions that impede on food and fertilizers,” he said.

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