Burundi expels Rwandan diplomat for failing to adequately carry out his duties

The Burundian government Wednesday declared Desire Nyaruhirira, senior adviser at the Rwandan embassy in Burundi, persona non gratta, Burundian Government Spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba confirmed Thursday.

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Nzobonariba told Xinhua that Desire Nyaruhirira has been expelled from Burundi for “failing to carry out adequately his duties.”

“The senior adviser at the Rwandan embassy in Burundi has failed to behave adequately in relation with international conventions on diplomacy. We feared that his behavior could tarnish bilateral relations between Burundi and Rwanda,” said Burundian Government Spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba.

According to him, embassies of Rwanda and Burundi will remain open, adding that diplomatic relations are still good.

Nzobonariba however indicated that relations between Rwanda and Burundi will remain good.

He said, “This is an individual sanction concerning Desire Nyaruhirira, the senior adviser at the Rwandan embassy in Burundi.”

He however abstained to reveal real reasons behind Nyaruhirira’s expulsion, but indicated that he was expelled because his conduct could “tarnish” bilateral relations between the two east African nations.

Last week, Burundian External Relations and International Cooperation Minister Alain-Aime Nyamitwe accused Rwanda of hosting Burundians who staged the May 13 failed coup plot and of providing military training to rebels who are planning to attack Burundi.

Nyaruhirira had been a diplomat at the Rwandan embassy in Burundi for more than ten years. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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