Burundi and Egypt seek to boost bilateral relations

Burundi Foreign Affairs Minister Albert Shingiro/ COURTESY

Burundi and Egypt are seeking ways of boosting their diplomatic relations.

In a phone call between Burundi Foreign Affairs Minister Albert Shingiro and Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry on Thursday, the former expressed appreciation to the Egyptian support to his country in the various regional and international frameworks.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Shingiro said such support by the Egyptian state reflects the deep historic relations between the two countries.

Shingiro also hailed the high level of cooperation between Egypt and Burundi in various fields.

Shoukry and Shingiro also reviewed bilateral relations tying the two countries and discussed the Egyptian support to Burundi in various fields, especially building Burundian cadres.

Plans to hold a joint committee in the near future were discussed.

Egypt last year delivered aid of medical supplies to Burundi, in an effort to support its medical sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Late in 2020, Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aati said training courses are being organized to train African cadres on the management and use of underground water. Many trainees took part including from Burundi.

Relations between Burundi and Egypt have been close.

In April 2019, Egypt’s parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal met with then Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and discussed boosting bilateral relations.

As part of his visit to Burundi, Abdel Aal conducted several diplomatic meetings with hea Egyptian parliamentarians. The visit was the first of its kind for an Egyptian parliament speaker ever to Burundi.

In September 2018, Shoukry met with the ythen Burundi Foreign Affairs minister Ezechiel Nibigira on the sidelines of the 73rd meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The meeting tackled the bilateral relations and means of boosting them, as well as regional issues of common concern. On regional issues, the two ministers discussed joint coordination in the international forums.

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