CENTRAL AFRICA UNITED STATES Mining Issue dated 04/09/2020

How rare earths and evangelicals brought Trump closer to Bujumbura

US Special Envoy J. Peter Pham, mender-in-chief of fences between Bujumbura and Washington, with Burundi's late president, Pierre Nkurunziza.
US Special Envoy J. Peter Pham, mender-in-chief of fences between Bujumbura and Washington, with Burundi's late president, Pierre Nkurunziza. © J. Peter Pham/Twitter
The pending confirmation of Melanie Higgins as the new US ambassador to Burundi, a post left vacant for the past 18 months, spells the final phase of a discreet but important bridging of ties between the United States and Burundi. [...] (564 words)
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