UN chief praises Tanzania over Burundi crisis mediation

U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres with Tanzania Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Mahiga (picture courtesy)

U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres commended Tanzanian President Magufuli’s efforts in the Burundi peace process after making a brief stopover in Dar es Salaam yesterday at night from Somalia and Kenya where he had gone for a working visit, according to the Daily News.

“The United Nations appreciates the work done by President Mkapa in Burundi under the EAC and its leadership. If the region comes together the way EAC has done in the case of Burundi, I am sure together they will be able to establish lasting solutions,” said the UN Chief

The UN Chief further praised the Tanzanian leader for his readiness to host refugees from that country, emphasizing the role played by regional communities in Africa in resolving leadership crisis in the continent.

Antonio Guterres held a brief discussion with Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Mahiga at Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Minister Mahiga informed the UN chief that the upcoming as the chair of East African Community (EAC) Summit is expected to receive a progressive report about the Burundi peace process. And as the chair of EAC, Tanzania is optimistic over the Burundi crisis mediation process under the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and facilitated by former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa.