Chad shuts Qatar embassy, tells staff to leave
N’DJAMENA: Chad announced Wednesday it was closing Qatar’s embassy in N’Djamena and giving its staff 10 days to leave, accusing Doha of seeking to destabilise the country via Libya.
“Given the continued involvement of the state of Qatar in the attempts at the destabilization of Chad from Libya, the government has decided on the closure of the embassy and the departure of the ambassador and diplomatic personnel from national territory,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
“They have been given 10 days in this regard,” it said.
It added that the decision was driven by the will to “safeguard peace and stability in the region.”
Chad, Mauritania and Senegal all recalled their ambassadors in June.
They acted after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt broke off diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremists, a charge the tiny, gas-rich state denies.
Iran and Saudi Arabia will exchange diplomatic visits soon, Tehran said on Wednesday, indicating a possible thaw in relations between the regional rivals since they severed diplomatic ties a year ago. In June, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.
“In order to safeguard peace and security in the region, Chad calls on Qatar to cease all actions that could undermine its security as well as those of the countries of the Lake Chad basin and the Sahel,” the foreign ministry statement added.