Media Statement

13 February 2021

South Africa condemns drone attacks directed at various targets in Saudi Arabia

The South African Government has noted, with concern, the increase in drone attacks directed at various targets throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, the most recent being the drone attack directed towards Abha Airport on 10 February 2021.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has expressed her concerns that such attacks only serve to destabilise regional security, including that of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Of particular concern is the fact that the attacks are targeting civilian areas. Furthermore, these continued attacks have the potential to derail the United Nations’ mediation efforts in Yemen.

The Minister added that, although it was fortunate that this recent attack had no casualties; it should not detract from the negative impact these attacks could have on the broader goal of peace in Yemen and the broader Middle East region. South Africa continues to maintain that an UN-mediated and Yemeni-led peace process is the only means to realising a lasting peace and regional stability.

The Minister added that the Republic of South Africa urges the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue to exhibit restraint in pursuit of the mediation process, despite these acts of provocation within its territory.

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


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