21 January 2013
The Government of South Africa condemns the hostage situation in Algeria
The Government of the Republic of South Africa strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place at the Tigantourine gas processing facility outside Amenas in Algeria on 16 January 2013.
The South African Government would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the attack.
South Africa continues to support the global fight against terrorism and supports all multilateral efforts, especially within the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU), aimed at eradicating terrorism.
The South African Government has noted the dire humanitarian situation and continued terrorist threat in the Sahel region and re-iterates the need for all African States to work together with the AU, in partnership with the rest of the international community, to redouble efforts to address the situation.
South Africa stands ready to support Algeria in its fight to eradicate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
For further information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION
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