The Republic of Burundi has opted not to take part in the Goma regional summit this Wednesday, October 07, 2020.
According Congolese President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo’s office, Burundi wants to first iron out issues it has with some of the countries taking part in the Summit including Rwanda.
Burundi had been expected to attend after DR Congo state minister for foreign Affairs Ministry Marie Ntumba Nzenza, held bi-lateral talks with Burundi president Everaste Ndayishimiye. The talks centered on peace and security between the two countries.
However according to sources, the summit will still go ahead by videoconference between the DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Angola.
It was initiated by the Congolese President with the objective of discussing the strengthening of cross-border security, development and diplomatic relations.
Meanwhile Protests have erupted in Goma where President Felix Tshisekedi will host a video conference min summit later today.
Despite Tshisekedi being in town, a person was killed and another kidnapped last night around Mugunga.
This forced police and the Army to use tear gas and bullets to disperse them.