Great Lakes Region

DRC President visits Burundi

Félix Tshisekedi, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo made a four-hour visit to Burundi on Friday, 14 June. His visit was closed with a joint statement which was read by Ezéchiel Nibigira, the Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Burundi and DRC presidents holding a face to face meeting in Bujumbura

He said that President Félix Tshisekedi responded to the invitation of his Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza. “His visit is therefore part of strengthening friendship and cooperation relations existing between both neighboring countries,” said Nibigira.

During their face to face meeting, the two Heads of State discussed issues of bilateral, regional and international interests. They, however, noted the low level of implementation of existing agreements.

“President Félix Tshisekedi has hailed the commitment and determination of Burundian president to develop economy and promote democracy,” said the Burundian Foreign Affairs Minister.

The DRC president appreciated the ongoing political process leading to the holding of free and peaceful elections in 2020. Burundi president congratulated Félix Tshisekedi on his “brilliant” election as DRC president in December 2018. The two presidents reiterated their firm commitment to eradicate forces fighting on Congolese territory.

The plane carrying president Tshisekedi landed at Bujumbura International Airport at 3p.m. Tshisekedi left Bujumbura four hours later.

Several Congolese from Baraka, Uvira and Bukavu territories came to Bujumbura to welcome their president. “Bujumbura is closer than Kinshasa.

We will not miss such an opportunity to meet our president, “said one of them. In their songs, they urged the new president to come up with the slogan invented by his late father Etienne Tshisekedi saying ‘People first.’