Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Burundi Ezechiel Nibigira

On November 5, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Burundi Ezechiel Nibigira, who is in Moscow on a working visit.

During a detailed discussion of topical issues on the global and African agenda, the ministers reaffirmed Moscow and Bujumbura’s intention to cooperate actively and effectively within UN and other multilateral forums, including the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Sergey Lavrov and Ezechiel Nibigira also stated the mutual commitment of Russia and Burundi to strengthen bilateral trade, economic and investment cooperation and interregional interaction, and discussed the implementation of joint projects in industry, agriculture and mining.

Ezechiel Nibigira informed his counterpart about the progress in the Burundian political process and the leadership’s efforts to establish constructive communication with the opposition in the context of the upcoming general elections in May 2020. Sergey Lavrov welcomed the continuation of the intra-Burundi inclusive dialogue in compliance with the supremacy of law and respect for human rights, and stressed that foreign interference in Burundi’s domestic affairs is unacceptable.

At the same time, the officials focused on the problems of strengthening the African security and peacemaking architecture as well as settling crises in the hotspots on the African continent based on the fundamental principles of international law and the UN Charter.

The foreign ministers discussed the results of the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum held in Sochi on October 23–24, in which Second Vice-President of Burundi Joseph Butore took part.