Namibia urges restraint in escalating Middle East tensions

Niël Terblanché

In light of recent unsettling developments in the Middle East, the Namibian government has voiced deep concern over the potential for escalating conflict in the region, which could have broader global repercussions.

Dr Peya Mushelenga, Namibia’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, stressed the importance of restraint and diplomatic engagement to avoid further destabilization.

Mushelenga highlighted the series of attacks, counterattacks, and threats of reprisals that have marred the region, noting these actions are detrimental to the pursuit of peace – a fundamental principle enshrined in the UN Charter and upheld by its members.

“Such aggressive actions are counterproductive to peace, which all UN members pledged to uphold when they applied for membership of the United Nations,” he said.

Namibia’s foreign policy, firmly rooted in the country’s supreme law, the Namibian Constitution, advocates for resolving international disputes through peaceful means.

Mushelenga called on the international community and the United Nations to spearhead efforts to mediate a fair and enduring resolution to the conflicts.

“Namibia’s position is guided by our Constitution which encourages the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means,” he said.

He also stressed the importance of finding “an impartial diplomatic solution that would lead to lasting peace and stability in the region.”

The minister also addressed concerns regarding the safety of Namibian nationals currently in Israel or other affected areas, stating that there have been no reports of citizens in distress thus far.

He, however, urged those who find themselves in potentially unsafe situations to contact the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation.

“We urge our nationals to inform the Ministry of their presence if they find themselves in an area that they consider unsafe. If they are safe, they are advised to take maximum precautions to ensure their safety,” he advised.

He added that Namibia remains committed to monitoring developments closely.

Mushelenga said that by advocating for calm and caution, Namibia reinforces its role as a responsible member of the international community, dedicated to promoting peace and stability worldwide.

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