DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday
appealed to the United Nations to continue its support in
bringing about peace and political stability in Burundi and the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
Magufuli made the
appeal to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres when he made a
stopover on his way from Kenya to New York, the headquarters of
The president said
the recent instability in the two countries has created
refugees’ influx in Tanzania and its neighbors, calling for the
need to restore political stability.
The message to the
UN chief was delivered by the east African nation’s Minister for
Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga.
Mahiga said as the
chair the East African Community (EAC), Tanzania was hopeful
with the progress made in the mediation process in Burundi under
the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and
facilitated by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa.
Mahiga also told
Guterres that the forthcoming EAC Summit was expected to receive
a progress report on the mediation process.
With regards to the
DR Congo, Mahiga revealed that the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) was intending to include the agenda of
political transition in DR Congo, whereby SADC member states
were expecting positive deliberations.
Tanzania is the
current chair of the SADC organ of political, defense and
security with the mandate to support the achievement and
maintenance of peace and security as well as the rule of law in
the SADC region.
For his part,
Guterres praised Tanzania for its ability to uphold principles
of good governance in the country as well as maintaining peace
and creating a peaceful environment in the EAC and SADC regions.
President Magufuli’s efforts in the Burundi peace process, and
his readiness to host refugees from Burundi, emphasizing the
role played by regional communities in Africa in resolving
leadership crisis in African countries.
“The United Nations
appreciates the work done by President Mkapa in Burundi under
the EAC and its leadership. If the region come together the way
EAC has done in the case of Burundi, I am sure together they
will be able to establish lasting solutions,” said the former UN
High Commissioner for Refugees.
Guterres during the AU Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis
Ababa early this year, where the two leaders exchanged cordial
discussions about various issues concerning the region.