International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor says ‘violence is not the answer’.
The South African government has joined the international community in reacting to the latest developments in the Middle East, in the wake of the United States launching an attack that claimed a top Iranian military commander.
President Donald Trump authorized an overnight drone attack on Thursday, 2 January, which killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures.
Trump said on Friday that action had been taken to stop a war as Soleimani was “plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”
The latest move by Trump is like has been met with mixed reaction. While Democrats accuse him of endangering the lives of fellow Americans abroad, Republicans have praised him for ridding the US of a man who has undoubtedly has the blood of many Americans on his hands.
South Africa calls for calm
International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor, said the row has far reaching ramifications not only for the Middle East region, but also for international peace and security.
“It is crucial for all sides to remain calm and desist from taking any further action that will exacerbate the already fragile situation. South Africa emphasises its principled view that conflicts should be resolved through political dialogue rather than resorting to the use of force”, Pandor said.
SA supports “independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity”
In a statement, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said:
“South Africa recalls and reaffirms the statement of the United Nations Security Council issued on 13 December 2019, in which the members of the Security Council had called for maximum restraint and urged all to refrain from violence or the destruction of critical infrastructure”.
Amid fears of a raging war, after Tehran vowed to avenge Soleimani’s death, seemingly placing Iraq in the middle of the US-Iran standoff.
According to Aljazeera, Iraq is poised for a tense period ahead, according to analysts, as top Shia leaders – many of whom are expected to attend the processions – warned of repercussions following the attack. Iraq’s top commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack.
Iraq’s parliament is due to sit on Sunday to discuss the latest developments after Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called on lawmakers to hold an emergency session and address the killings of Soleimani and al-Muhandis, which he called a violation of sovereignty.
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