Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) rejects reports of ISIS fighters returning to South Africa – African Business

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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has, in recent days, noted false and irresponsible newspaper reports indicating that hundreds of former ISIS fighters have been repatriated to South Africa through a “secret operation” carried out since 2019. These reports lack any factual basis.

The South African Embassy is monitoring 16 Syrian children and women to confirm their South African citizenship. Consultations are ongoing with the Syrian authorities in this regard.

It is important that DIRCO be aware of its responsibility for providing Consular Services to any South African who is in distress abroad. This is done transparently and in accordance with South African and International Law.

Newspaper reports claiming that DIRCO assisted in the repatriation hundreds of ISIS fighters are false and in violation of the Press Code.

Distributed by APO Group for Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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