SA reacts to Nigerian envoy recall
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa has expressed “regret” at the decision by Nigeria to recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa.
The recall follows the violence against foreign nationals in recent weeks.
“A government resorts to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government,” Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesman, Clayson Monyela, said.
“We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step.”
Monyela said if this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, “it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda.”
Nonetheless, Monyela said South Africa remained committed to a strong bond of friendship and bilateral relations with Nigeria.
“It is for this reason that when 84 of its citizens perished on Nigerian soil, South Africa did not blame the Nigerian Government for the deaths and more than nine months delay in the repatriation of the bodies of our fallen compatriots, or for the fact that when these bodies eventually returned, they were in a state that they could not be touched or viewed as required by our burial practice,” Monyela said.
“We will raise our concerns through diplomatic channels with the new administration that will assume office in Nigeria next month.”
– CAJ News
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