Photos: Independence: U.S. Moves to Strengthen Ties with Burundi

United States has pledged commitment to work with the Burundian government to boost the quality of life of the people.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement on July 1 that, “The United States remains committed to advancing peace and prosperity, and we thank Burundi for your commitment to regional security through peacekeeping cooperation.”

The Burundian army on a parade

Burundi has been contributing peacekeepers to the war-torn Somalia, stabilizing one of the most volatile countries in Africa.

Pompeo’s remarks came at a time Burundi was celebrating her National Independence Day.

The country gained its independence on 01 July 1962.

Nkurunziza and First Lady at the Independence Day Celebrations

Today’s celebrations were presided over by President Pierre Nkurunziza were held in the Capital Bujumbura.

“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Burundi on the 57th anniversary of your independence,” said Pompeo.

“On this occasion for celebration, may the people of Burundi have a wonderful Independence Day,” he said.

The band played as guests prepared to listen to speeches
The event attracted hundreds from all walks of life
Cultural dancers demonstrating their skills at the function
Soldiers at the military parade

Observers say the remarks point to warm relations between the two countries.

The top American diplomat said “United States look forward to continuing engagement to advance health, nutrition, and good governance for the benefit of the Burundian people.  We hope to forge a stronger partnership in the years to come.”

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