Burundi’s foreign minister says the country’s ambassador to Belgium has been told to return home amid diplomatic tensions related to political violence in the central African nation.
Alain Aime Nyamitwe said that Burundi’s embassy in Brussels remains open despite the recalling of Ambassador Jeremie Banigwaninzigo.
Nyamitwe says relations with former coloniser Belgium “are not really good. We have called our ambassador to assess relations between the two countries.”
Burundi’s government has persistently accused Belgium of backing the exiles who opposed President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision last year to seek a third term. Hundreds of people have been killed in political tensions since then.
Many protests have been staged outside the Belgian embassy in Burundi by demonstrators who accused Belgium of supporting opponents of Burundi’s government.