BUJUMBURA- The Burundian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation has decided to close its “consulate general” in occupied AlAyun, in Western Sahara “for financial reasons and reciprocity”, the ministry said Thursday on twitter.
“As part of the rationalization of foreign service spending, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation has decided to close two embassies (Ottawa and Brasilia) and a consulate general in Al Ayun (…) for financial reasons and reciprocity,” the ministry said in a tweet.
In another tweet, it reported that “Canada and Brazil will be diplomatically covered by the Burundi embassy in Washington. Our embassy in Rabat in Morocco will remain functional and in return, Burundi expects the opening of an embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Burundi with residence in Bujumbura.”
Burundi opened its consulate general in the occupied Saharawi city, A Ayun, on February 28, 2020, an action through which Morocco aims to assert its alleged sovereignty over the occupied Saharawi territories.