US ambassador to South Africa admits "he crossed the line"

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US apologizes for accusing South Africa of supplying weapons to Russia

South Africa and the US sought to make amends after the US ambassador was summoned in protest over his accusation that the country had provided weapons to Russia.

The government in Pretoria said Reuben Brigety "admitted that he crossed the line and apologized unreservedly." That followed South African officials expressing "utter displeasure with his conduct."

[Bloomberg]
 
For anyone who thinks he "apologised unreservedly"...

Not even a sorry-not-sorry from the US Secretary of State

The American official version of what was said at the highest level of communication so far – between cabinet members – is oddly devoid of anything even remotely approaching an apology.

This is what the US state department put on record about yesterday’s call in full:

"Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor today. Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of the US-South Africa strategic partnership and reiterated cooperation on shared priorities, including health, trade, and energy."

One former diplomat points out that it lacks even the word "regret" or similar, which is typical in sorry-not-sorry situations of this sort.

In other words, Blinken, at least, felt no need to publicly walk back on either the substance or the method by which the USA accused South Africa of arming Russia.

And if you read between the lines:

Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of the US-South Africa strategic partnership and reiterated cooperation on shared priorities, including health, trade, and energy."
Why did they highlight those specific things? They're "underscoring the importance" of PEPFAR, AGOA and the $8.5 billion energy donation.

This reads more like a threat than the lies of an apology peddled by our bunch...
 
For anyone who thinks he "apologised unreservedly"...



And if you read between the lines:


Why did they highlight those specific things? They're "underscoring the importance" of PEPFAR, AGOA and the $8.5 billion energy donation.

This reads more like a threat than the lies of an apology peddled by our bunch...
US Secretary of State Blinkin
US ambassador Brigety
Two different people
 
You're right, secretary of state overrides him, and there was nothing resembling an apology from him...
In politics an apology from the ambassador is as good as an apology from Blinken
If Blinken has to apologise publicly for Brigety misconduct, he Blinken would have to follow formal process against Brigety, meaning Brigety would leave SA
Brigety has a habit of going public and crossing the line, he did this before with the terror threat in Sandton
 
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