South Africa calls for peaceful resolution to US-Iran tensions

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa make a speech at the official funeral service of the later former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on September 14, 2019 at National Sports Stadium in Harare. - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa was jeered and whistled during his speech before he apologised for recent xenophobic attacks in his home country. At least 12 people have been killed this month in a surge in violence and mob attacks against foreign-owned businesses in and around Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a peaceful resolution to the rising tension between the United States and Iran, his office said on Friday.

The president had a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday to express South Africa’s appeal for a peaceful and just resolution, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said.

Ramaphosa conveyed to Rouhani South Africa’s condolences over the killing of Iranian Major-General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq by a US military strike on Jan. 3.

Ramaphosa expressed his deep concern at the US military action which has led to increased tension and created conditions for retaliation. He called on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and conduct themselves in accordance with the rule of international law.

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