Burundi and Congo are committed to strengthening their bilateral cooperation. The two states made this commitment this weekend after a visit by the Burundian head of state, Evariste Ndayishimiye, to Brazzaville.
« The strengthening of friendship and cooperation in the agro-pastoral field through the exchange of experience » is among the commitments made between Congo and Burundi, after the visit of Evariste Ndayishimiye to Brazzaville, on the occasion of the swearing in of Denis Sassou N’Guesso.
« We are a family of Central African countries, we must support each other. Burundi is building good relations and is well known on the international scene. Burundi’s contribution to maintaining peace and security in Somalia and the Central African Republic is highly beneficial, » the Burundian head of state told the Congolese press.
An election welcomed by Ndayishimiye but…
In power since 1997, Denis Sassou N’Guesso was elected in the first round of a presidential election against a backdrop of threats and unrest after the cutting of the Internet connection and the death of the opponent Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas. « Denis Sassou N’Guesso, who won 88.4% of the vote, was declared elected, » said Auguste Iloki, president of the country’s highest judicial body.
For the Burundian head of state, « the political and democratic maturity of Africans has just been demonstrated once again by the Congolese people, through this presidential election, » he said, adding that « if Congo was able to organise a peaceful election, we must be at its side to celebrate this success.
Note that after his ascension to power in June 2020, the Burundian head of state, Evariste Ndayishimiye, is showing political openness through the rapprochement with his African counterparts, the United Nations and investors.