The current African Union chair and President of Comoros Azali Assoumani joins at the podium with the G20 leaders at the Summit in New Delhi

African Union Enters G20 as New Member

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) has formally joined the G20 as a new member at the annual leaders summit in New Delhi.

“With everyone’s approval, I request the AU head to take his seat as a permanent G20 member,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an opening address to the summit.

Azali Assoumani, the current Chairperson of the AU and President of Comoros,  then took a seat alongside world leaders.

The AU, a continental body of 55 member states, now has the same status as the European Union – the only regional bloc with full membership. Its previous designation was “invited international organization”.

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the bloc’s entry into the G20 as a full member.

“This membership, for which we have long been advocating, will provide a propitious framework for amplifying advocacy in favor of the Continent and its effective contribution to meeting global challenges,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.