Burundi has been re-admitted into the fold of Francophone countries, following the lifting of the four year-long sanctions against Gitega (formerly Kitega).
“From this date (November 4), therefore, Burundi once again becomes a full member of La Francophonie and intends to make up for lost time in terms of multilateral cooperation,” said Burundi’s representative to the Francophonie, Ernest Niyokindi.
The announcement was made during the Permanent Council meeting’s 112th Ordinary Session led by former Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, who is current Secretary General of the 88-member International Organisation of La Francophonie, made up of French speaking countries.
A communiqué released by Mr Niyokindi on November 4, reads: “The lifting of the restrictive measures taken against Burundi by the International Organisation of La Francophonie constitutes an important diplomatic step forward and a strong message sent to the entire international community which should therefore definitively turn the page on the 2015 crisis.”
It further says that Burundi is committed to getting back to being a full member of the Francophonie and ready to co-operate with the organization.