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Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has reiterated Rwanda’s commitment to restore ties with Burundi, six years after a rift between the two countries emerged.

The leader of government made the remarks on Thursday, July 1, in Bujumbura, Burundi where he had travelled for the country’s 59th Independence Day celebrations.

During his address, the premier expressed Rwanda’s political will to restore relations with its southern neighbor.

“I am convinced that we are ready to work for the consolidation and promotion of our existing relations of friendship and cooperation for the mutual benefit of our people,” he said, reiterating his gratitude for the invitation by President Evariste Ndayishimiye.

Ngirente said that time is ripe for the two sister nations to uphold the shared foundations and aim for the sustainable development of their peoples.

“This is the right time for Burundi and Rwanda to build on our existing strong foundation of historical and cultural linkages in order to achieve prosperity and development,” he noted.