Dhe Federal Foreign Office has asked Chadian Ambassador in Berlin, Mariam Ali Moussa, to leave Germany within 48 hours. “In response to the unfounded expulsion of our ambassador to Chad, we summoned the Chadian ambassador to Berlin, Mariam Ali Moussa, today and asked her to leave Germany within 48 hours,” the Foreign Office tweeted on Tuesday The German ambassador Jan-Christian Gordon Kricke was asked to leave the country by the government in Chad on Friday evening and has already arrived in Berlin.
The government of the country of 17 million people generally justified the expulsion with a “rude attitude” on the part of the ambassador and “lack of respect for diplomatic customs”. There was no further justification. It is suspected that criticism of the current transitional government in Chad is behind it. The Foreign Office said the reasons for the expulsion were incomprehensible. The ministry is in contact with the government in Chad.
The country in the Sahel region, which is riddled with poverty and corruption and borders Libya to the north and Niger to the west, has been governed by President Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno since April 2021. Last fall there were demonstrations that were bloodily suppressed. Foreign diplomats in the country had criticized the violence. Kricke has been ambassador to Chad since 2021.