Burundi President Ndayishimiye receives delegation from Kigali
During the normalization of bilateral relations, Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye received a Rwandan delegation in Gitega.
“President Evariste Ndayishimiye just received in the audience a high delegation led by Major General Albert Murasira, Rwanda’s Minister of Defence, who brought a message from President Paul Kagame,” Burundi State House tweeted.
In less than a year, Kigali has sent a delegation to Gitega to attempt to normalize the two countries’ deteriorating relations since 2015. Last July, Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente, visited Bujumbura to celebrate Independence Day celebrations. This was an official from Rwanda visiting Burundi following the 2015 political crisis.
Gitega noted that Burundi assisted Rwanda with the arrest and transfer of terrorists who were preparing to attack Kigali at the end of last year.
Last July, Rwanda reciprocated, with Kigali handing over 19 armed men who were suspected of coordinating a Burundi attack and fleeing to the neighboring country. Related Story
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Ndayishimiye has improved relations between the two countries dramatically since taking office in 2020, with both countries sending delegations to hold talks.
Since 2015, Burundi hasn’t opened its land border with Rwanda, which led to a ban on fruit and vegetable exports to Kigali. Despite this, the skies remained open with passengers from both countries traveling freely.