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Secretary Blinken and South African Minister Pandor Discuss Gaza Conflict and Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Tinashe Mupasiri



In a diplomatic call today, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken engaged in a crucial discussion with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor. The conversation primarily centered around the ongoing conflict in Gaza, with both leaders emphasizing the imperative of protecting civilian lives and ensuring sustained humanitarian assistance for Palestinian civilians.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stands next to and bumps elbows with South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor during their meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, August 8, 2022. /Blinken’s Twitter

Among the key points discussed was the shared commitment to working towards lasting regional peace that guarantees Israel’s security while concurrently advancing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Secretary Blinken underscored the United States’ unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself, particularly in light of the terrorist attacks on October 7, emphasizing the necessity of preventing any recurrence of such incidents.

The diplomatic dialogue reflected a shared understanding of the complexities involved in the region and the significance of addressing the root causes of the conflict. Both Secretary Blinken and Minister Pandor expressed their commitment to diplomatic solutions and multilateral efforts to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable resolution.

Beyond the discussions on the Middle East, the leaders also reaffirmed the vitality of the U.S.-South Africa partnership. They highlighted the importance of collaboration on various shared priorities, including health, trade, and energy. This reaffirmation of cooperation underscores the depth of the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

Secretary Blinken commended South Africa for its commitment to diplomatic engagement and its role in addressing global challenges. The dialogue serves as a testament to the shared values and mutual interests that form the foundation of the U.S.-South Africa relationship.

As both nations navigate the complexities of the international landscape, the call between Secretary Blinken and Minister Pandor signals a commitment to dialogue, collaboration, and the pursuit of shared goals. The diplomatic efforts not only address immediate concerns in the Middle East but also reinforce the broader partnership between the United States and South Africa in tackling global challenges.

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