President Kagame receives message from his counterpart of Burundi

On 6 March 2023 at 12:28

President Paul Kagame has received Amb. Ezéchiel Nibigira, Burundian Minister of East African Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture on a working visit to Rwanda.

Rwanda’s Presidency has revealed that Amb. Nibigira and his delegation were received by President Kagame on Sunday 5th March 2023 where the special envoy relayed the message from Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye to his counterpart of Rwanda.

Also present at the event were Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta and the Head of Defence Intelligence in Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), RDF, Maj Gen Vincent Nyakarundi.

Ndayishimiye is the current Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC).

He sends the envoy at the time when security continues to worsen in eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Meanwhile, Kagame went to Burundi last month to attend EAC Heads of State Summit on security situation in eastern DRC.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Kagame also held bilateral talks with his counterpart of Burundi, Ndayishimiye.

It was considered a great milestone towards normalization of ties between the two neighbouring countries which experienced strained relations at the regime of former Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Burundi accused Rwanda of backing the country’s dissidents while Rwanda accused the neighbouring country of working with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a terrorist group formed by individuals responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Ndayishimiye has shown willingness to mend ties with Rwanda while the heads of state have been exchanged messages at different times.

At the time, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Government of Rwanda, Alain Mukuralinda told IGIHE that Kagame would not have gone to the country had relations been in a bad state.

He explained that bilateral relations are returning to normal where pending issues that might arise can be addressed.

On another note, Manasseh Nshuti, Rwanda’s State Minister for EAC said that the exchange of visits between provincial official between both countries has been a symbol of vibrant relations.

President Kagame has received Amb. Nibigira who delivered a message from his counterpart of Burundi, Ndayishimiye.
President Kagame hosted Nibigira at Urugwiro Village on Sunday.
President Kagame was along with Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Vincent Biruta and Head of Military Intelligence in RDF, Maj Gen Vincent Nyakarundi as he received the delegation from Burundi.