Speaking during a visit to Berlin, Comoros President and current African Union Chair Azali Assoumani called for greater diplomatic pressure on Israel to end its ongoing operations in Gaza.
“What was carried out from Gaza [on October 7] is to be condemned, but the answer was not proportionate,” Assoumani said. “We condemn all measures, all actions, everything that harms children, and that then leads to extremism when they experience something like that.”
Representatives in the bloc have already decried Israel’s “collective punishment” in Gaza and have called for a ceasefire. Still, these latest comments are significant, coming during a news conference with German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz.
Germany has been one of the staunchest defenders of Israel’s policies since the October 7 Hamas attacks.
“The world is a village, we are all partners, we all have a responsibility that we have to fulfill so that these hostilities would come to an end,” Assoumani said.