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Baku declared two French diplomats persona non grata.

Baku declared two French diplomats persona non grata.

Two employees of the French Embassy in Baku were declared persona non grata and were asked to leave Azerbaijan within 48 hours, the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported.

“On the twenty-sixth of December, the French Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Anne Boyon, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. The Ambassador was informed that the Azerbaijani government had expressed a serious protest against activities contrary to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and not consistent with their diplomatic statuses, and declared two employees of the French Embassy “persona non grata”. It was demanded that these persons leave Azerbaijan within 48 hours. A corresponding note from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry was presented to the French Ambassador,” the statement said.