PARIS — France has declared two employees of Azerbaijan’s embassy persona non grata in a move of “reciprocity”, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The Azeri Foreign ministry said in a earlier statement it had summoned French ambassador Anne Boillon to express a “strong protest over the actions of two employees of the French Embassy”.

Without providing further details, it said the two had been declared personae non gratae and ordered to leave the country within 48 hours.

The move came amid tense relations between the countries as Baku has accused France of being biased towards Armenia during European-mediated peace talks with its arch-foe.

In November, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev accused France of inciting conflicts in the Caucasus by arming Armenia.

In October, Aliyev refused to attend negotiations with Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan in Spain, over what he said was France’s “biased position”.

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