Following a banquet hosted by His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza in honor of his Somali counterpart and his delegation, the two Heads of State exchanged on issues of common interest.
At the end of this meeting, they held a press briefing during which they reaffirmed their desire to strengthen the cooperation and strong relations of friendship that have been binding on Burundian and Somali peoples for decades; historical ties that have been materialized by the presence of Burundian troops in peacekeeping missions in Somalia within Amisom.
In this regard, the two Heads of State refute the decision taken by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in favor of a withdrawal of part of the Burundian troops of Amisom. They called for a Troop Contributing Countries summit to achieve a consensual and fair situation.
President Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo said he was grateful for the historic role played by Burundian soldiers in the recovery of peace in Mogadishu:
“Your sacrifice will not be in vain, it is inscribed in our national history and the Somali people will always be grateful “.
He also praised the pan-African spirit embodied by Burundi’s leadership, which is always ready to support other African partner countries: “In African problems, we are able to bring African solutions”
The President of the Republic of Burundi His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza for his part affirmed that his country will always remain alongside the Somali people and that it is determined to strengthen their multidimensional cooperation.
This visit, he noted, is part of the strengthening of the cooperative relationship that has existed between Burundi and Somalia since 1974. He also said that the interview was an opportunity for dialogue on the role of the Burundian military forces in bringing peace and security to Somalia, a country in an insecurity situation.
President Nkurunziza took the opportunity to inform that the recent action taken by the African Union Commission for Peace and Security has been badly received by Burundi and Somalia.
He proposed that a meeting of countries having troops in Somalia be held soon for the measure to be reviewed and that the soldiers from those countries continue to do their job of bringing peace and security without any obstacles.
The Burundi Head of State concluded his remarks by thanking his counterpart and the people of Somalia for the good cohabitation with the Burundian soldiers who are in that country.
In turn, The President of Somalia commended the way he was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Burundi.
He later expressed his thanks to Burundi for taking the lead to help bring peace and security to Somalia. He gave the example of the Mogadishu city that was taken by the Al Shabaab movement but is currently free of the latter.
Mr. Abdullahi also praised Somalia’s progress in peace and security with contributions from some African countries, including Burundi, which allowed citizens of that country to continue to carry out development works to build the national economy
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