Rwanda is our enemy – Burundi

Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza has described neighbouring Rwanda as an enemy in a letter to the Ugandan president.

Nkurunziza wrote to Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni, who is chair of the six-nation East African Community (EAC), saying he regards Rwanda as an enemy rather than a partner, a BBC report has claimed.

President Nkurunziza wants a special summit of the EAC – which comprises Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan – to discuss the conflict.

Heads of state of the EAC are due to meet on 27 December – a change in plan after the Burundian delegation did not show up to the last meeting.

Relations between Burundi and Rwanda have gone from bad to worse in recent years, writes the BBC.

Bujumbura accuses Kigali of backing a coup attempt in 2015 and of offering asylum to those who were involved.