The President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, received on Monday in Luanda a message of cooperation from his Burundian counterpart, Pierre Nkurunziza, on strengthening bilateral cooperation.
The message of the Burundi Head of state was delivered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ezechiel Nibigira.
The Angola local media reported that the Angolan president hosted the Burundian envoy and received his letter during a meeting between the two on Monday.
Although the content of the president’s message to his Angolan counterpart was not revealed to the press, one media reported that the intention of Nibigira travel to Angola may be to ‘gaining comprehension on the recent meeting between Uganda’s Museveni, Rwanda’s Kagame, Angola’s João Lourenço and DR Congo’s Tshisekedi.
Speaking to the local press, Ezechiel Nibigica said that the Government of Burundi intends to increase relations of friendship and cooperation with Angola and, in this sense, invited Angolan businessmen to invest in their country.
With regard to the political instability which has been raging for some time in Burundi, the head of the Burundian diplomacy said that “a climate of peace and security is now very calm.”
THE BIG PICTURE: Recently, the president of Angola invited Paul Kagame, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and Felix Tshisekedi to discuss the regional and security issues. Burundi was excluded from this quadripartite meeting.
The meeting between the four presidents saw the resumption of a thaw in relations between Museveni and Kagame, who are in a standoff over border closure row for months.
The president of Angola urged Paul Kagame and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to ‘cool down and end hostilities, and then bury the hatchet’.
Angola and Burundi are all member of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).