President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda is ready to work with the new Burundian government as long as it seeks a better trade policy and better relations with Rwanda.
In an interview with social media influencers in Kigali hosted by the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, President Paul Kagame said that if Burundi wants to have a better relationship with Rwanda, it will definitely work.
“Rwanda is ready to work with President Évariste Ndayishimiye and his colleagues if they want the two countries to live together again and trade”.
Relations between the East African and Central African countries have been strained since 2015 following an announcement by President Pierre Nkurunziza about his plans to run for a third term in office.
His announcement sparked unrest that forced thousands of people to flee Burundi for safety in Rwanda and other African countries.
Rwanda alone has since April 2015 sheltered more than 75,000 Burundian refugees.
Burundi has however repeatedly accused Rwanda of being behind the problems in the country.
But in a bid to reignite the once harmonious trade relations between the two countries, social media influencers in Rwanda sought how the government of Paul Kagame will fix the scuffle with its neighbour under the new regime.
“History has kept people out of each other’s lives, but the important thing is to find a way out of this situation”, President Kagame told the social media influencers.
Rwandan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 06 wrote to Burundi congratulating His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimiye on winning the presidential election.
“The Rwandan government would like to thank the newly elected President of the Republic of Burundi, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye, for taking the opportunity to reaffirm the historic ties between the two countries,” he said.
“The Government of Rwanda wishes the well-being, peace, and development of the people and the Government of Burundi, especially in the aftermath of the Coronavirus epidemic”, the letter further stated.