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President of Equatorial Guinea trip to celebrate the anniversary of the independence of Burundi

posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – July 5th, 2012

Several African Heads of State and Government, including the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, have traveled to Bujumbura (Burundi) this weekend to attend the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of independence of the Republic of Burundi, in East Africa.

04/07/2012

Upon arrival at the airport in the Burundian capital, the President of the Republic was received with military honors by the Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri.

A dinner on the shores of Lake Tanganyika offered by the President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the National Defense Forces of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, closed the last conference of Sunday.

During the dinner, the President of the host country, praised the peace and the stability that exists today in Burundi, following the ups and downs that this country has known in the area of the great lakes.

The Republic of Burundi became independent from Belgium on July 1, 1962, however, since this year falls on a Sunday, the celebration was postponed to Monday. A civilian and military parade marked the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of the Republic and was attended by six African Heads of State.

Moments after the parade, which lasted over four hours, the leaders of Equatorial Guinea and Burundi briefly reviewed the friendly relations and cooperation between Malabo and Bujumbura. It was during the talks that H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Pierre Nkurunziza held late in the afternoon of Monday in the capital when the two Heads of State addressed the strengthening and diversification of the range of common bonds between the two peoples and governments.

Burundi, a member state of the Community of East Africa, a subregion that includes Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, has over 30,000 km2, and a population of around nine million people. The official language is Kirundi and they also speak French, English and Swahili. It borders on the north with Rwanda, to the east with Tanzania and to the south and west with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be 14.8 million Burundians in the world.

During his trip, the Head of State and Government, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, led a delegation that included the Delegate Minister in charge of Civil Aviation, Fausto Abeso Fuma and Presidential Adviser on Information, Segismundo Nsue Alene, among other personalities.

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