Burundi declines an invitation to participate in a regional Quadripartite Summit

APA - Kigali (Rwanda)

The Government of Burundi has declined to take part in the heads of state summit being organized by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due for September 13 in the border town of Goma.

DRC  President Felix Tshisekedi had been scheduled to host Rwanda’s Paul  Kagame, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Burundi’s Evariste Ndayishimiye and  Angola’s João Lourenço.

It had been arranged that the five  countries send technical teams to be in Goma on September 9 to prepare  the working documents. Delegations at ministerial level were scheduled  to also arrive in Goma for their segment on Sept 12.

Now, it is  emerging that Burundi foreign affairs ministry sent a diplomatic note  (note verbal) to DRC saying it wouldn’t to take part in the summit.

In  the letter, now leaked to media and dated September 8, Burundi says it  has a “busy calendar” which doesn’t allow it to take part in the summit.

Instead,  the government in Gitega, says it prefers that bilateral engagements  are held first with Kinshasa in effort to work on a range of issues  between DRC and Burundi.

It is unclear at this point if Rwanda’s  President will be there, but already a high-level Rwandan delegation is  reported to be at the summits venue, indicating the President’s possible  attendance


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