Burundi’s Foreign Affairs Minister Albert Shingiro on Tuesday held bilateral talks with his Egyptian counterpart Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo.
Burundi’s Foreign Affairs ministry said the two sides “had a fruitful meeting” with Shoukry on the follow-up of the commitments made during the three-day visit of President Évariste Ndayishimiye to Cairo in March this year.
The two states signed a visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic and service passports in the two countries. Service passports are used by public servants and government officials who do not hold diplomatic passports.
The two countries also signed agreements in the tourism, education, culture and communication sectors.
In April 2021, Egyptian and Burundian army chiefs of staff signed a military protocol that includes cooperation in the fields of training and joint exercise.
The Egyptian-Burundian cooperation protocol enables the two armies to exchange expertise and reflects the consensus in the visions of the two countries’ armies toward the issues of mutual concern, a statement by the Egyptian army spokesman said.
This is the latest of the recent initiatives to boost the relations of the two states since Ndayishimiye came to power.