November 12, 2015 / 1:16 AM / 2 years ago

Obama expresses 'deep concern' over situation in Burundi: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, in a phone call with South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday, expressed “deep concern” about the situation in Burundi, the White House said.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTS6J3G

Obama asked Zuma “to continue to work with other regional actors to call for calm and press for a dialogue that can bring about a long-term solution to the crisis,” the White House said in a statement.

At least 240 people have been killed and tens of thousands have fled to neighboring states, during months of violence that began when Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, decided in April to run for a third term. He won a disputed election in July.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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