South Africa Government reiterate their commitment to maintaining a friendly relations with Nigeria after recalling their Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke, for consultations following the xenophobia attacks on their citizens living in South Africa, the department of international relations said on Sunday.
"If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda," the department said.
"South Africa remains committed to a strong bond of friendship and bilateral relations with Nigeria," it added.
The department also said Pretoria would raise its concerns with Nigeria's new administration when it assumes office next month.
South Africa deployed troops last week to hotspots in the two cities to try to quell the violence.