Erdan welcomes 25 African UN envoys at event to boost ties between Israel and Africa

United Nations ambassadors from 25 different African countries participated in an event Monday night to help strengthen ties between Israel and Africa.

The event took place together with the founder of Innovation: Africa, Sivan Ya’ari, and Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, as part of Erdan’s initiative to boost Israeli relations with different African countries and maintain the status Observer of the Jewish state in the African Union.
At the event, Erdan and Ya’ari, along with MASHAV, Israel’s International Development Cooperation Agency, and other Israeli organizations, presented new initiatives for Africa, such as plans to connect around 2,000 different peoples on the continent with running water. and renewable energy. .

“Israel is constantly investing in and expanding our relations with African countries. Israeli innovation has already led to the connection of thousands of African villages to water and electricity through many collaborations led by the Foreign Ministry,” Erdan said.

“The same spirit and creative energy that made Israel a fledgling nation is what makes Africa the continent of the future. Israel is constantly investing in expanding our relations and creating new ties with Chad, Morocco and Sudan and in the opening new embassies and trade Israelis and Africans are working together on countless projects.Through MASHAV, we are establishing agricultural centers, building medical centers, empowering farmers and preserving the environment.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, is seen speaking at an event with 25 African UN ambassadors on November 8, 2021. (Credit: Courtesy)

“We are just at the beginning of our journey. The strategic alliance between Israel and Africa has the power to stimulate innovation that can change our environment. Unfortunately, there are those who still oppose strengthening our relationship and even seek to undo Israel’s new policy. Observer state status in the African Union This discrimination against Israel, which has a land border with Africa, enjoys relations with 46 African countries and is engaged in development and broad economic activity, is hypocritical, biased and undermines the progress of our region. “

“Tonight’s event highlighted the importance of energy to improve the lives of people in Africa,” added Ya’ari.

“Through Israeli solar energy, water and agriculture technologies, Innovation: Africa has already improved the lives of more than three million people and, through the partnerships established tonight, we will continue, together, to help millions more. “.

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