Burundi’s Foreign Affairs Minister Amb. Ezechiel Nibigira is presenting a dossier on achievements of his docket for the fiscal year 2019/2020.
The East African country has for the past five years been extremely isolated following a failed military coup in 2015 that sought to remove the late Pierre Nkurunziza.
However, with the May 20th election of President Maj.Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye, there are pointers that the country is willing to revive its foreign policy as a matter of priority.
President Ndayishimiye may want to give a new paint for his country’s image to the region and abroad because hanging on extremist policies of his predecessor is counterproductive according to analysts.
At the swearing in ceremony of President Ndayishimiye, there was only Tanzania represented. Very few countries and international community organisations have recognised the new president while some are sceptical.
Under late Nkurunziza regime, Burundi had severed ties with neighbouring Rwanda and was always at loggerhead with Democratic Republic of Congo.
To Rwanda and DRC, neighbouring Burundi has been a security threat owed to her association and aid of armed groups that pose a threat to peace in both countries.
After his inauguration on June 18th, President Ndayishimiye received met the heads of foreign delegations.
They carried messages of congratulations to the President of the Republic, but also messages of condolences to the Burundian people following the unexpected death of President Pierre Nkurunziza.