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UPDATED: Burundi seeks Zim backing for admission into Sadc

25 Apr, 2019 - 00:04 0 Views
UPDATED: Burundi seeks Zim backing for admission into Sadc President Mnangagwa (left) welcomes special envoy from the Republic of Burundi, Foreign Affairs Minister Ezechiel Nibigira, at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by Memory Mangombe)

The Herald

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
A special envoy from Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare seeking support for admission into Sadc.

The special envoy, Burundi’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Ezechiel Mbigira, described Zimbabwe as a sister country with a rich history.

“Zimbabwe is a country that has a long history, a very good and encouraging history,” he said.

“As the special envoy of President Pierre Nkurunziza, I have come here to continue strengthening relations between Burundi and Zimbabwe because Zimbabwe is a sister country. It’s a country with which we have a common history and a common future that’s why we need to relate with this country in a very special way.”

He added that he hoped his country’s application to join Sadc would be successful and called on Zimbabwe to support its bid.

“As you know, Burundi has applied to become a member of Sadc and the process of dealing with our application is going on very well,” he said.

“We believe that after the assessment mission that is coming to Burundi towards the end of May, the decision will be of course, taken for Burundi to become a member of Sadc.

“As Zimbabwe is our sister country, we believe that Zimbabwe will continue to support Burundi to become a member of Sadc.”

Ambassador Mbigira said his country had a lot to offer to Sadc if its application is successful.

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