The South African government is troubled by the growing tensions in Iraq “which have far-reaching consequences – not only for the Middle East but also for international peace and security”.
This is a statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Friday night.
According to the statement, South Africa adheres to the UN Security Council’s support for “independence, sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and prosperity of Iraq”.
Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation said: “It is important for all parties to remain calm and to refrain from any further action that will aggravate the already fragile situation. South Africa emphasizes its principled belief that conflict should be resolved through political dialogue, rather than resorting to power. ”
According to the department’s website, South Africa does not currently have an embassy in Iraq itself. The South African embassy in Jordan is responsible for relations with Iraq.
The US embassy has suspended all its operations in Iraq and warned residents not to approach the embassy in Baghdad.
It follows a US airstrike in which Kassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Kurdish force and member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, died in Baghdad on Friday morning.
Qassem Suleimani has killed many Americans in strategic attacks over the years.
Fox News reported on the incident yesterday: