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Francophone Council to Lift Sanctions Against Burundi Later this Year

New International organization of Francophonie President, Louise Mushikiwabo listens during an interview on January 7, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

The International Organisation of la Francophonie says it will resume cooperation with Burundi after suspending programs in 2016 due to political violence.

“The Council of la Francophonie has noted and welcomed the request from the Burundian authorities to lift the measure to suspend multilateral cooperation,” the organization of 88 French-speaking nations said in a statement on its website.

Burundi’s new President Evariste Ndayishimiye is moving to renew relations with nations and organizations that were strained or broken amid political upheaval under his predecessor’s rule.

The sanctions led to dwindling foreign exchange inflows and hurt the nickel-producing nation’s economy.

The decision will be formally adopted at the next council later this year.

The Francophone group is led by former Rwandan foreign affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo.

The decision will be formally adopted at the next council later this year.