Johannesburg - South Africa’s official opposition has urged the country and Nigeria and to engage amicably to mend relations.
The Democratic Alliance’s proposal comes amid souring relations as Nigeria recalled its envoys from the Southern African country reportedly in protest against the xenophobic attacks in recent weeks.
It was reported at the weekend that the Nigerian High-Commissioner and General-Consul were recalled.
“The Democratic Alliance (DA) would like to urge both the South African and Nigerian Governments not to strain already delicate relations and to engage constructively with each other on the issues leading to the High-Commissioner and General-Consul of Nigeria being called home for discussion to Nigeria,” said Sandy Kalyan, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
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Kaylan added, “Inviting the High Commissioner and the General-Consul back home is, in diplomatic terms, unusual and only done in extreme circumstances as a last resort. This will have placed further strain on already difficult relations between our two countries.”
The official said at the next sitting of the Pan-Africa Parliament in South Africa, she would table a motion to address this issue.
“I urge both parties to not engage in tit-for-tat tactics but to rather put the interests of both countries and their citizens first and to engage meaningfully on how they may improve relations between two of the continent's economic power houses,” said Kaylan.
The media reported, purportedly over the recent incidences of xenophobia in South Africa. However, according to the Nigerian Foreign Minister, they have not been recalled but have instead been invited for consultations, after which they would return to their duties in South Africa.
- CAJ News