Chad: EU regrets German ambassador expulsion

Brussels 13.04.2023 “The decision of Chad’s transitional authorities to expel the German ambassador is regrettable. This is a particularly hostile gesture in view of the long-standing partnership and engagement of the EU and its Member States in Chad, including in the context of the ongoing transition” reads the statement by the spokesperson on the decision of the Chadian government to expel the German ambassador.

“The European Union reiterates the importance of a rapid return to constitutional order and of a time-limited transition that guarantees respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. An inclusive process supported by all civil and political actors is essential in order to guarantee the credibility and legitimacy of the ongoing process and thereby the success of the transition. The EU will continue to insist on these points which are important conditions of its partnership with Chad”.

Following the decision of Chadians, the German officials have asked the Chadian ambassador in Berlin to leave the country, in retaliation for Chad’s request to abandon N’Djamena for German ambassador Jan-Christian Gordon Kricke.

“We regret that it had to come to this,” said the German Ministry in a statement issued Wednesday April 12. The German diplomacy explained that Mariam Ali Moussa, the Chadian ambassador, was asked to leave within 48 hours in response to Chad’s action against Kricke, who they defended as a professional targeted by undeserved allegations that he violated protocol in executing his role.

“Ambassador Kricke performed his duties in N’Djamena in an exemplary manner and campaigned for human rights and the rapid transition to a civilian government in Chad,” the German Federal Foreign Office said, adding that it will continue its commitment to these goals.

Chad is currently governed by Mahamat Idriss Déby, the interim president and leader of a transitional council in place since the dramatic and unexpected death of his father, Idriss Déby. The 68-year-old former president was assassinated in April 2021 during clashes with armed groups just days after his reelection.

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