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Three months after his inauguration as President of Burundi, General Évariste Ndahishimiye paid a visit to Tanzania to strengthen diplomatic ties between their two countries. This is the first official visit outside the Burundian president.

The Burundian president had a tête-à-tête with John Magufuli, Tanzanian president, Sunday, September 20, 2020.

After the refusal to participate in the mini-summit in Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for reasons of unavailability of officials and Covid-19, Évariste Ndahishimiye is strengthening his diplomatic ties with another country.

Why Tanzania?

Some believe that the new Burundian president is following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza. During his lifetime, he had already initiated the process of this rapprochement with Tanzania.

According to Évariste Ndahishimiye, he chose Tanzania because it is “the only country in this region which does not have enough disputes with its neighbors”.

The two presidents discussed in particular the sale of gold and nickel, agriculture and breeding. They agreed on the various points and they gave orders to the ministers concerned in their countries to get in touch to make these matters a reality.

For John Magufuli, “Burundian trade depends enormously on Tanzania. More than 95% of the goods sold in Burundi pass through the port of Dar-Es-Salaam ”in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian president recalled that it is since 2006 that “several   Burundian companies have been operating in Tanzania”.

General Évariste Ndahishimiye also called on Burundian refugees exiled in Tanzania to return to their country to help the state develop.

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