Burundi's new President Evariste Ndayishimiye delivers his speech during the national funeral of late Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, who died at the age of 55, at the Ingoma stadium in Gitega, Burundi, on June 26, 2020. (Photo by TCHANDROU NITANGA / AFP)

The President of Burundi held a telephone conversation with the UN Secretary-general, Antonio Guterres during which they discussed cooperation between Burundi and the United Nations.

Ndayishimiye, 52, who won last month’s presidential election asked the Secretary-general to withdraw Burundi from the United Nations Security Council’s agenda.

The retired army general considered by many as a reformer told Antonio Guterres that the move would prompt partners to step up efforts to resume bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Donors cut off funding while Nkurunziza shut down the U.N. human rights office and withdrew Burundi’s membership in the International Criminal Court.

The East African nation survived sanctions by promoting self -resilience among its 11 million people and managed to hold the last general elections without any foreign funding.

Mr. Antonio Guterres commended President Ndayishimiye’s constant commitment to dialogue and the appeal he made to refugees to return home.

On Sunday, President Ndayismiye unveiled a 15-member cabinet, including one member from the Batwa minority group.