Media Statement

12 November 2020

South Africa condemns bomb attack at World War I cemetery in Jeddah

The South African Government has joined the international community in strongly condemning the calculated and cowardly terrorist attack on a World War I cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where representatives and diplomats from several countries observed a commemoration ceremony marking the end of World War I on Wednesday, 11 November 2020.

Several people from various nationalities who attended the Remembrance Day commemoration, were injured in the attack.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, decried the fact that the attack was executed on a day when countries paid tribute to those members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty in the fight for freedom during World War I. She added that South Africa maintains that terrorism in all its forms cannot be condoned and continues to advocate for the total isolation and eradication of all terror groups.

In this regard, South Africa is supportive of all efforts to combat terrorism undertaken by the international community, including the positions of Saudi Arabia against terrorism and extremism.

The Minister wished those who were injured in the attack, a speedy recovery.

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

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