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Burundi absence in AU summit sad—Mushikiwabo
Published on 20-07-2016 - at 07:39' by Théophile Niyitegeka

The Minister of Foreign Affairs,Louise Mushikiwabo has said Burundi’s actions of shunning the 27th African Union Summit are sad and worrying, for the neighboring country missed out on working with peers in finding sustainable solutions to the country’s challenges.

At the beginning of the 27th AU summit in Kigali, Burundi called back some of its diplomats who had already arrived in Rwanda to attend the meeting, including Burundi’s ambassador to African Union and two other envoys that had been sent by the ministry of foreign affairs who were called to return back as the summit continued.

Talking to the press yesterday the Rwanda’s minister of foreign affairs,Louise Mushikiwabo said that it is sad to see the absence of Burundi in the concluded great AU summit which came up with relevant resolutions.

“The absence of Burundi in the summit is worrying. We know no reason behind it but we know that at the beginning of the AU summit representatives of Burundi went back to their country,” she said.

As the African Union summit was held in Kigali, a Burundi diplomat Hafsa Mossi who represented Burundi in East Africa Legislative Assembly was killed on July 13th 2016.
Following her death, Mushikiwabo expressed grief over her death.

Talking to the media yesterday, Mushikiwabo said that Burundi’s situation worries both Rwanda and Africa in general. “We are following up the matter of Burundi in the East African Community. We wish much success to Burundians,” she said.

The Burundi’s foreign affairs minister, Willy Nyamitwe told the press that security uncertainties for their envoys were among causes of withdrawal from the AU summit.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo

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