South Africa sends condolences to Turkey following mine disaster

16 May 2014

The South African Government sends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey following a deadly explosion in a mine which resulted in the deaths of scores of people, with many more still unaccounted for.

In this regard, the South African Government wishes the Government of Turkey as well as the families and friends of the deceased strength during this difficult time of mourning.

South Africa and Turkey enjoy cordial relations as evidenced by regular high level engagements and structured meetings geared at consolidating and enhancing bilateral relations. Turkey views South Africa as a key regional and continental power, and believes that closer relations with South Africa could assist in fostering stronger continental relations. The South Africa-Turkey strategic partnership is informed by the two countries’  growing political and economic profile and their geostrategic location in Africa and Euro-Asia as well as shared values i.e. democracy, human rights, the rule of law, multilateralism and sustainable development.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


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