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New order granting diplomatic privileges to African Union officials a ‘positive step,’ say former diplomats

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The timing of the new status order—coming days before countries, including the 55 AU member nations, voted on Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat—is notable, say former diplomats.

The order-in-council issued by Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne on June 14 grants diplomatic privileges to African Union senior officials when they visit Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

It’s a “positive step” and “high time” that Canada granted diplomatic privileges to senior officials at the African Union, say former diplomats who agreed the order is a small but necessary move to support a body that one expert described as the “voice for the continent.”  

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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