Angola At Burundi Situation Meeting
Angolan Foreign minister Georges Chikoti represented the country at a consultative meeting on Burundi situation held in Arusha, Tanzania.
The information is contained in a press release from the Department of Institutional Communication and Information of the Foreign Ministry that reached Angop.
According to the source, the meeting was held on Thursday and was convened by the foreign minister of Tanzania and chairman of the Council of Ministers of East Africa, ambassador Augustine Mahiga.
The source mentions that the meeting followed actions to relaunch dialogue held in Kampala (Uganda) sponsored by president Yoweri Museveni on December 28, 2015, in his capacity as Burundi dialogue facilitator.
The meeting also learned about the situation in Burndi and expressed support for the steps taken by East African countries, the African Union and United Nations, the note reads.
Other contributions mentioned by the source include communiqués and statements from the emergency summits of East African countries of May 13 and July 6, 2015.
The note from the Arusha meeting further states that the participants expressed concern about the political crisis in Burundi and the deterioration trend in the humanitarian situation in the East African nation.
In this regard, the participants reiterated the need for the parties to embrace political dialogue as the sole viable solution left to the conflict, according to the source.
The meeting also expressed support for president Yoweri Museveni's effort and learned that the session of January 6, 2016 did not take place due to ongoing consultation, reads the note.
However, the participants pledged to intensify consultations with the Burundian Government and the opposition, with a view to a continued political dialogue as soon as possible, reads the release.
Besides Angolan Georges Chikoti, the note states, the meeting was attended by Uganda's fellow-minister of Defence, Crispus Kiyonga, on behalf of Yoweri Museveni.
Ambassador Richard Sezibera, the secretary general of the East African countries, Kassimi Bamba, and senior diplomats from African Union Burundi and Great Lakes Region Office also attended the meeting, it was learned from the source.
Meanwhile, two days earlier, the Angolan Foreign minister and his Kenyan colleague responsible for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amina Mohamed, reviewed in Nairobi matters concerning the political situation in South Sudan and Burundi.
The two also tackled topics concerning the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) currently chaired by Angola since 2014.
Luanda will host the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the ICGLR in February this year, to analyse the Angolan mandate.
The ICGLR groups Angola, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, DRC, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.