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Burundi closes border with Rwanda, accuses neighbor of supporting rebels


Burundi said Thursday that it had closed its border with Rwanda, nearly two weeks after President Evariste Ndayishimiye accused the neighbor of supporting rebels.

"We have closed our borders with Rwanda," Burundi's Minister of Interior, Community Development and Public Security Martin Niteretse was quoted by local media as saying on Thursday. The minister said his country was suspending diplomatic ties with Rwanda, closing their border and deporting Rwandan citizens.

 In response, Rwanda's Office of the Government Spokesperson released a statement on Thursday evening, saying it regrets the unilateral border closure by Burundi.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency
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