The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor on February 13. Secretary Blinken expressed appreciation for Minister Pandor’s desire to encourage dialogue and peacefully resolve conflict in Europe. The two leaders emphasized shared priorities, including implementation of commitments made during the December 2022 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Secretary Blinken also discussed with Minister Pandor the approaching one-year marker of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the importance of upholding the UN Charter.