Burundi appoints new Ambassador to Somalia – Video

Published: April 14, 2014
Burundi appoints new Ambassador to Somalia
New Burundian Ambassador Presents his credentials to the Somali leader

Burundi has appointed a new ambassador to Somalia and has on Monday presented his credentials to the horn Africa nation president.

The new ambassador, Mr Joseph Nkununziza was received by the Somali leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Mogadishu Presidential palace, where he passed his credentials and was approved.

Speaking at the ceremony, the ambassador said that his government will double its efforts towards bringing peace and stability back to the war-ravaged nation.

“We Burundians understand the importance of supporting a brother when he needs it most and that is why our soldiers are in Somalia. Somalia deserves better and we urge the international community to provide timely resources to help the government to build its institutions in order to bring peace and stability. Burundi will increase its support to the government and the people of Somalia.” he said.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh thanked Burundi for its tireless efforts and massive support it has been giving the Federal government.

“We are enormously appreciative of Burundi’s support in returning security to Somalia. Burundian soldiers are on the frontlines, helping defeat Al-Shabaab as part of AMISOM. On a daily basis our own soldiers of the SNA, with the support of AMISOM, are liberating town after town. Together, we aim to eliminate the threat posed by Al-Shabaab. That threat exists not only here in Somalia but elsewhere, in other countries. We look forward to continuing to work together in pursuit of our common interests.”

Burundi has been playing an active role in the African Union mission in Somalia since 2007 and has deployed more than 3,000 troops.

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