Naledi Pandor DIRCO Thailand

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor. Photo: Dirco / TW

Afghanistan latest: DIRCO calls for peace amid Taliban takeover

There has been a flood of reaction from the international community after the Taliban suddenly took over the capital Kabul this past weekend

Naledi Pandor DIRCO Thailand

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor. Photo: Dirco / TW

The South African government, via the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, has joined the rest of the international community in reacting to the situation unfolding in Afghanistan and expressed concern over the safety and security of citizens in the South-Asian nation.

“The South African Government has taken note of the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and is particularly concerned by the plight of thousands of displaced Afghani’s seeking safety and security amid the deepening crisis in Afghanistan,” DIRCO spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

All eyes are on Afghanistan after it was seized suddenly by the Taliban. The islamist group swept into the capital Kabul this past weekend unopposed and took over the presidential palace, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee to Uzbekistan.

DIRCO reaches out to SA citizens in Afghanistan

DIRCO has called on all relevant parties involved in the internal conflict to find an amicable solution through dialogue.

“The South African Government calls on the authority in power to ensure that the rule of law, human rights and safety of all Afghans and foreign nationals alike are protected. We wish to appeal to all military and security groups to exercise the utmost restraint and protect the lives and property of the people”

Clayson Monyela, DIRCO spokesperson

There are a number of South African nationals who are currently in Afghanistan and DIRCO has since moved to ensure their safety in the country as it experiences what many have described as a massive crisis.

“Any South African nationals currently in Afghanistan and in need of assistance, should kindly contact the Consular Section of the Department at (+27) 012 351 100, or the South African High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan at (+92) 304 371 1869,” DIRCO added.

European leaders have already said they would seek a united response to the ongoing situation, while Russia will judge the Taliban on its leadership before fully recognising it as a government.