Romania Recalls Ambassador to Kenya Over Racist Comment

Following allegations of a racist comment made by the Romanian ambassador to Kenya, Romania has decided to recall its ambassador from Nairobi. The Romanian Foreign Ministry in Bucharest released a statement on Saturday, categorically condemning any racist behavior or comments and stating that such behavior is completely unacceptable. The ministry has initiated the process of recalling Ambassador Dragos Viorel Tigau from his position in Kenya.

Expressing deep regret over the incident, the Romanian Foreign Ministry issued an apology to all those affected and emphasized its strong rejection and condemnation of any behavior that is incompatible with mutual respect.

The decision to recall the ambassador was prompted by reports that Tigau referred to Africans as monkeys during a meeting in Nairobi. The incident allegedly occurred on April 26 at a United Nations building. The Romanian Foreign Ministry stated that it was only informed about the incident last week and took immediate action by recalling Tigau as soon as it became aware of the situation. The ambassador has apologized, including in writing, according to the ministry.

Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau expressed his strong disapproval of the remarks through a tweet, stating that he was appalled and disgusted by them. He described the comment as intolerable and unacceptable.

The Romanian government, in its statement, expressed its hope that this incident will not negatively impact its relationships with African countries, indicating its desire to maintain positive relations with the African continent.