Africa: Dakar ‘celebrates’ the African Union’s admission to the G20

Africa: Dakar 'celebrates' The African Union's Admission To The G20

The Senegalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking on behalf of the government, expressed its satisfaction on Saturday over the admission of the African Union (AU) to the G20, the intergovernmental group composed of the European Union and the 19 most developed countries in the world.

“The government of the Republic of Senegal welcomes the unanimous decision taken on September 9, 2023, by the G20 summit in New Delhi to admit the African Union as a full member of the group,” the ministry wrote in a statement.

“Senegal extends its warm congratulations to […] Azali Assoumani, the President of the Union of the Comoros and the current Chairperson of the African Union, and to all the leaders of the member countries of the Union (AU) for this collective success,” added the Senegalese Ministry of Diplomacy.

Senegal wishes to salute and sincerely thank the members of the G20 for their “prompt support, which reflects their spirit of openness and partnership towards our continent.”

“This historic decision of the G20 is the successful culmination of the advocacy that the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, has carried out throughout his tenure at the helm of the African Union for Africa’s admission to the G20,” emphasized the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This “advocacy […] reflects his vision of a more just and inclusive global political, economic, and financial governance. The government warmly congratulates […] President Macky Sall for his decisive leadership on this issue that he initiated and championed,” the statement added.

The ministry recalls that the Senegalese leader “has diligently pursued” Africa’s application for G20 membership, “in accordance with the mandate entrusted to him by the […] African Union summit in February 2023.”

The intergovernmental group composed of the European Union and the 19 most developed countries in the world has accepted the AU’s application to become a member, said Macky Sall on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

“The summit of the #G20 has unanimously admitted the African Union as a member of the group. I warmly thank all G20 members for their support for this initiative that I championed during my tenure at the helm of the [African Union],” wrote Mr. Sall, extending his congratulations to “all of Africa” thereafter.

The admission of the African Union to the G20 was a concern for several leaders on the continent.

Macky Sall made it a priority when he served as the Chairperson of the AU in 2022.