Media Statement

24 July 2019

South Africa sends condolences to Japan following the passing away of the Director General of the IAEA

The Government of the Republic of South Africa extends its condolences to the Government and people of Japan following the passing away of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr Yukiya Amano, on Monday, 22 July 2019.

Throughout his tenure at the helm of the IAEA, Mr Amano displayed the highest level of professionalism and dedication. He has overseen the agency diligently executing its duties in relation to pressing matters, such as the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Fukushima disaster. He also contributed to various Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conferences, including chairing the 2007 Preparatory Committee for the 2010 NPT Review Conference. 

The South African Government extends its condolences to Japan, in particular to the family and friends of Mr Amano.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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