GITEGA, 10 February 2021 – Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde is on a two-day visit to Burundi to discuss bilateral and regional issues, officials in Addis Ababa said Tuesday.

Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye met Zewde upon her arrival Tuesday at Melchior Ndadaye International Airport aboard an Ethopian Airlines plane.

Burundian President (without a mask) with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde - Photo RegionWeek

Ethiopian President (with mask) Welcomed by Burundian Peer – Photo RegionWeek

Zewde said she was “honored” to be visiting the country, the first such visit by any Ethiopian President or Prime Minister.

“Our two countries have enjoyed long-lasting relationship. We now want to strengthen that and bring it to a higher level and for that, it is really important to come and discuss and identify areas where we can cooperate.

Zewde visited the Mausoleums of the Heroes of Independence and Democracy in Burundi accompanied by Burundian Vice-president Prosper Bazombanza.

She also laid a wreath commemorating the ‘father of democracy’ in Burundi.

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