Bujumbura, Jan. 21, 2021 The Burundian president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has congratulated the new US president, Joe Biden, who took office on Wednesday.
In a message on his twitter handle, the Burundian president expressed his “warm congratulations” to President Biden and wished “peace, happiness and prosperity” to the American government and people.
Relations between Bujumbura and Washington were strained under previous US presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Burundi was removed from the list of beneficiary countries of the US-Africa Trade Preferential Agreement (AGOA) under Obama.
Last November, Trump declared that the state of emergency for Burundi should remain in force.
The decision was motivated by a situation in the Great Lakes country “marked by killings and other violence, conflict, incitement to violence, significant political repression, and threats to the peace, security, and stability of Burundi and the region”.
Burundi experienced serious political and human rights crises following the controversial election in 2015, which was marred by mass violence, when the late president Pierre Nkurunziza contested for a third term in office.
The crisis has led to Burundi’s isolation on the international diplomatic stage.