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African Union membership in G-20 major economies picks up U.S. support from Biden administration

At last month's G-20 summit hosted by Indonesia, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa pushed for A.U. membership as a needed step to confront climate change.

The African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AN/Solen Feyissa / Unsplash)

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration will announce the United States' support for enlarging the Group of 20 major economies to include the African Union, according to a senior administration official.

The 54-nation A.U., a continental union headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is a needed voice and deserves a permament seat in the G-20 intergovernmental forum that represents 80% of the world's GDP, according to Judd Devermont, the White House National Security Council's senior director for African affairs.

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