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Germany expels Chad’s envoy in tit-for-tat move

This photo taken on Oct 17, 2021 shows the the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs building (front) and housing complexes in the background in Berlin, Germany. (PHOTO / AFP)

BERLIN – Berlin has ordered Chad's ambassador to Germany to leave the country within 48 hours in response to a similar move by the Central African country last week, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"In response to the unfounded expulsion of our Ambassador to Chad, we today summoned the Chadian Ambassador in Berlin, Mariam Ali Moussa, and called on her to leave Germany within 48 hours. We regret that it had to come to this," the ministry said in a tweet.

Germany's ambassador to Chad, Gordon Kricke, was expelled from the country last week

Germany's ambassador to Chad, Gordon Kricke, was expelled from the country last week. The Chadian Communications Ministry said that the decision was a result of "non-respect of diplomatic customs".

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Two Chadian government sources said the expulsion was due to Kricke's critical comments about delayed elections and a court decision allowing interim military leader Mahamat Idriss Deby to run for political office.

"Ambassador Kricke exercised his office in N'Djamena in an exemplary manner & has worked for human rights & the rapid transition to a civilian government in Chad," the German ministry said.