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S Africa recalls ambassador from Rwanda, ties not broken

08-06-2010 15:58 BJT

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- South African foreign ministry director general Ayanda Ntsaluba on Thursday announced that the South African government had recalled its ambassador to Rwanda Gladstone Dumisani Gwadiso.

However, according to the Pretoria News, Ntsaluba stressed that diplomatic ties were not broken.

Although the move came amid disagreements over the shooting of former Rwandan army General Faustin Nyamwasa in northern Johannesburg on June 19, Ntsaluba said the South African government was not making any connection between the government of Rwanda and the incident.

Addressing media in Pretoria, Ntsaluba said "We have recalled our ambassador to Rwanda for consultations. Let me be categorical. We have not broken diplomatic relations with Rwanda."

Ntsaluba said Pretoria remained in discussions with the Rwandan government.

"All of us are just trying to understand how we can work on our relations," he said.

When the general was shot and wounded his wife said it an assassination attempt.

Last month the Rwandan foreign ministry summoned Gwadiso to express concern over the investigation into the shooting.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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