President Kenyatta urges Burundi to embrace dialogue to resolve conflict


President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Burundi to embrace dialogue to save the country from plunging into a full-blown conflict.

He encouraged President Pierre Nkurunziza to bring all parties to the negotiating table to swiftly resolve the political impasse in the country.

“The buck stops with President Nkurunziza. That is why we are encouraging him to involve all parties in the search for a solution to the conflict,” President Kenyatta said.

He added: “Peace and stability in Burundi overrides all other issues. All parties must be brought on board to restore normalcy.”

The President spoke at a meeting with Chinese Government Special Representative on African Affairs, Mr. Zhong Jianhua, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi to discuss the situation in Burundi.

Mr. Zhong said China has vast interests in the region and is increasingly becoming concerned about the conflict in Burundi, adding that the deteriorating situation in the East African country was a threat to development in the region.

The Chinese Special Representative on African Affairs called on President Nkurunziza to be more receptive to dialogue in the search for a solution to the Burundi conflict. He assured that China and the international community were ready to provide the support needed to resolve the Burundi conflict.


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