EAC welcomes EU’s decision to lift Burundi sanctions

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The East Africa Community (EAC) Secretary-General Dr Peter Mutuku Mathuki has lauded the European Union’s decision to lift financial sanctions against Burundi.

The bloc slapped sanctions against Burundi in 2016 in retaliation to former president Pierre Nkurunziza declaration that he would run for a controversial third term, one which he went on to win despite mass protests.

The EU cited a peaceful political environment and progress by the Burundian government in several areas, including human rights and the voluntary return of refugees into the country.

In reaction to this development, Dr Mathuki said the lifting of sanctions would not only spur development in Burundi but also rejuvenate the integration process in East Africa.

“This is a positive development for both Burundi and the EAC as it means that the EAC Partner States will now move together in the implementation of EU-funded programs. It also promotes harmony and synergy among partner states,” he stated.

Earlier, Burundi President, Evariste Ndayishimiye welcomed the lifting of sanctions.

He noted that “Burundi is ready to cooperate with all partners.”