The German chancellor said that out of respect for Africa and its growing population, the African Union deserves to join the G20.

Iran PressEurope: On Thursday night during his visit to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, German chancellor Olaf Schultz said: " Out of respect for the continent and its many governments, as well as its growing population, membership of the African Union to the Group of 20 is necessary."

“We want to support that the African Union gets a seat in the G-20 so it can take part and help make decisions,” Scholz said Thursday at a news conference at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Scholz said Africa must play a greater role in international politics as a way to reflect its growing importance in an increasingly fractured and multipolar world order.

“It is a continent with a very young population, so that today we can assume that soon two and a half billion people will live on the African continent,” the chancellor said.

“It is only right and long overdue that the African Union gets a seat at the G-20,” Scholz said, adding other leaders backed the idea as well, so he’s convinced that the African Union will soon get its seat.

South Africa is currently the only African country in the G-20, a grouping of mostly rich nations which represents about 85% of global gross domestic product and about two-thirds of the world’s population. 219