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Benin protests burning of its embassy in Gabon


COTONOU – Benin on Monday demanded official explanations from Gabon over the burning down of its embassy in Libreville on Sunday after the death of Gabon’s opposition leader Andre Obame.

“This was an unacceptable act which rarely happens in relations between states, regardless of the motivation.

“The security of diplomatic missions and the protection of their personnel is the responsibility of accrediting governments,” said the ministry”, a statement from Benin’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cotonou Benin said had also asked Libreville to guarantee the security of all Benin nationals living within its territory.

It further asked its citizens living in Gabon to take necessary measures to guard themselves against acts of vandalism and violence orchestrated by the protesters.

Benin said it was still committed to promoting friendly relations between the two countries.

The announcement of Obame’s death on Sunday in Yaounde, Cameroon, after a long illness, led opposition supporters to start protesting on the streets of Libreville.
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Besides burning down Benin’s Embassy, the protesters also attacked Nigeria’s Embassy and burnt three vehicles, the Spokesman for Gabonese Presidency Alain Bilie said. (Xinhua/NAN)

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