Burundi crisis a concern to regional security-Mushikiwabo

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Rwanda’s minister of Foreign affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has said that despite the fact that the Burundi conflict is for Burundians, Rwanda is working alongside other regional countries to restore peace among Burundians.

“The Burundi conflict doesn’t only affect Burundians but the region and especially Rwanda since we are neighbors and share a lot in common” Mushikiwabo said, noting that Rwanda is doing its best to encourage regional dialogue on this matter

Mushikiwabo made the remarks while updating the Rwandan Senators on Rwanda’s current Foreign Policy and progress that has been made since 2015.

In this regard Mushikiwabo said that Rwanda has so far received over 74,000 Burundian refugees who are in camps and urban areas.

She also said that Rwanda is concerned about their safety and continues to give them the support they need.

“Even when the numbers of refugees have reduced since the outbreak of violence in Bujumbura, there are still some few refugees entering Rwanda, and we have continued to receive them openly” Mushikiwabo said.

The Government with various partners including multiple UN agencies have been working tirelessly to make the Refugees as comfortable as possible.

Last week Mushikiwabo cautioned against using Rwanda as a scapegoat for the ongoing political crisis in Burundi.


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