According to Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations, President Cyril Ramaphosa is prepared to visit Poland despite the diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
The tensions arose when Poland grounded a South African Airways flight carrying a large group of presidential security personnel and journalists who were meant to accompany Ramaphosa on a peace mission to war-torn Ukraine.
The Polish authorities claimed that the South African security personnel did not possess the necessary permits for their weapons, leading to a standoff.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called for the Polish embassy in Pretoria to be downgraded and for the ambassador to be recalled.
Nevertheless, Pandor, in an interview with the SABC, stated that the diplomatic relations between South Africa and Poland remain unaffected.
She mentioned that they had a positive meeting with the Polish leadership during their time in Warsaw, to the extent that President Ramaphosa expressed his willingness to undertake an official visit to Poland.
Pandor also confirmed that there were no issues at the governmental level, specifically within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
She declined to comment on the other matters related to the incident and suggested that the appropriate department, the police, could provide further details.
Pandor addressed the detention of Ramaphosa’s security personnel in Poland after being denied entry.
She clarified that DIRCO is not responsible for the arrangements concerning the president’s security, as it falls under the jurisdiction of the Presidential Protection Unit, overseen by the Minister of Police.
Pandor assured that DIRCO had properly handled all the necessary protocol arrangements.