AU says Israel’s observer status suspended

The African Union said Sunday that Israel’s observer status at the bloc was suspended and therefore it had not been invited to its weekend summit, after a row over the ejection of one of its top diplomats.

A furious Israel accused arch-foe Iran of orchestrating the expulsion of the diplomat from the AU summit’s opening day on Saturday with help from Algeria and South Africa.

The incident highlighted a spat within the pan-African bloc over a 2021 decision by AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat to give Israel observer status.