Ethiopia President in Burundi for Two-day Official Visit

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia President Sahlework Zewde is in Burundi for a two-day visit as Addis Ababa and Bujumbura seeks to strengthen their relations.

Sahlework and her delegation headed to Burundi on Tuesday at the invitation of President Évariste Ndayishimiye, who received her at Melchior Ndadaye International Airport.

“I’m honored to visit Burundi as Ethiopian Head of State and committed to working to strengthen relations between Burundi and Ethiopia,” President Sahlework told reporters in Burundi.

“Our two countries have enjoyed a long-lasting relationship,” she said. “We now want to strengthen that and bring it to a higher level and for that, it is really important to come and discuss and identify areas where we can cooperate.”

On the first day of her working visit, Sahlework visited the Mausoleums of the Heroes of Independence and Democracy in Burundi accompanied by Burundian Vice-President Prosper Bazombanza, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of foreign affairs.

President Sahlework also laid a wreath commemorating the ‘father of democracy’ in Burundi.

The presidents is scheduled to discuss bilateral and regional issues with Burundi officials to further strengthen relations between the two nations, the Ministry added.