Amid reports of widespread violence and rioting in South Africa, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday spoke with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor who assured him that her government was doing utmost to enforce law and order and an early restoration of normalcy was the overriding priority.
“Appreciate the conversation with South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor today. She assured that her government was doing utmost to enforce law and order. Early restoration of normalcy and peace was the overriding priority,” Jaishankar, who is on a visit to Tajikistan to attend key meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), tweeted.
Sources said that in the context of the ongoing unrest in some parts of South Africa, Jaishankar spoke to his South African counterpart and had a cordial and open conversation.
Separately, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Secretary, MEA, also met the High Commissioner of South Africa to India, Joel Sibusiso Ndebele, the sources said.