Ambassador recall from SA 'usual practice' - Nigeria
28 April 2015, 09:06
Abuja - Nigeria's foreign minister on Monday sought to
calm South African anger about the recall for consultations of its top two
diplomats over a wave of anti-immigrant attacks, saying it was nothing out of
South Africa issued a testy statement on Sunday, a day
after Abuja announced it had summoned its acting high commissioner to Pretoria
and consul-general in Johannesburg for talks on the issue.
"This is a usual practice in the conduct of
diplomacy," Foreign Minister Aminu Wali said in a statement on Monday.
"For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to reiterate that
the two senior diplomats have been invited to come for consultation after which
they would return to their duty posts.
"They have, therefore, not been recalled, as
erroneously portrayed in the media," he said.
At least seven people have been killed in violence
targeting immigrants to South Africa in recent weeks, forcing many to flee
their homes and the army to be deployed to keep the peace.
Nigeria said it was "deeply concerned" about
the situation but there were "satisfactory indications that the South
African authorities have taken firm measures to stem the tide of attacks".