Burundi, Egypt sign six bilateral cooperation agreements in Cairo

Burundi Foreign Affairs Albert Shingiro and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry sign bilateral cooperation agreements in Cairo on March 24, 2021/ MED BURUNDI

Burundi Foreign Affairs Albert Shingiro and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday signed six bilateral cooperation agreements in Cairo.

The MoUs between the two countries are in the field of integrated water resources management in Burundi and the mutual exemption from entry visas.

The agreements were signed in the presence of Presidents Évariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi and Abdel Al Sisi of Egypt.

“The delegations from Egypt and Burundi held discussions on investment, technology transfer, tourism, projects on Lake Tanganyika, support from Egypt in the field of infrastructure and health,” Burundi Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

The Burundi delegation arrived in Egypt on Tuesday for a three-day visit. Among the ministers who accompanied President Ndayishimite are from Foreign Affairs, Health, Environment, Energy and Mines dockets.

This comes a month after a phone call between ministers Shingiro and Shoukry in February.

Shoukry and Shingiro — during the call —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.

Burundi and Egypt seek to boost bilateral relations

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