|Xi Jinping Sends a Message of Condolences to Burundian President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye over the Passing of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza|
On June 12, 2020, President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolences to Burundian President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye over the passing of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza due to illness. On behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, Xi Jinping expressed deep condolences over Pierre Nkurunziza's death and sincere sympathies to his family as well as the Burundian people.
Xi Jinping stressed, President Pierre Nkurunziza was an outstanding Burundian politician. He was deeply beloved by the Burundian people as he had led them to safeguard national sovereignty and oppose foreign interference, and had actively promoted peace, stability and development in the country. Pierre Nkurunziza had been committed to advancing traditional friendship and political mutual trust between China and Burundi, and had made important contributions to deepening the all-weather partnership between the two countries. His passing is a great loss to both the Burundian people and the cause of China-Burundi friendship. The Chinese side cherishes the all-weather friendship between the two countries, and is willing to work together with the Burundian side to push forward the development of bilateral friendly cooperation, so as to better benefit the two countries and the two peoples.