Africa: Partnerships - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:23 am on 14 September 2023.

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Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Conservative 11:23, 14 September 2023

My Lords, does my noble friend agree that one of the most recent, striking acts of African partnership has been the decision of the G20 to admit the entire African Union—all 55 members—to its councils? This is a dramatic move and a reminder of how the world has changed. Will he outline how he thinks it will affect the priorities of the G20? Has he noted that 21 of the new G20 members are Commonwealth members, with several more applying? Will he undertake that we will give maximum support to the rest of our fellow members if they wish to form a caucus within this new group?