Friday, 25 January 2008

Burundi: Head of State Makes a Brief Visit to Tanzania

From Burundi Réalités, Bujumbura, Burundi

Burundi's head of state, Pierre Nkurunziza, visited Tanzania for a few hours today.

He met the Tanzanian president, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, in the northern city of Mwanza. Their talks focussed on the PALIPEHUTU-FNL movement, the use of the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam in the transport of goods and foodstuffs headed for Burundi and the repatriation of Burundian refugees. President Kikwete called on the leaders of PALIPEHUTU-FNL to stop fighting and return to the peace process.

The two presidents expressed their hopes that the crisis in Kenya, which has already impacted the economies neighbouring countries, may soon come to an end with the help of regional and African facilitators. They also agreed that ministers in charge of trade from the two countries will soon meet in order reach trade agreements.

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