Iran calls for enhanced ties with Burundi

 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Press TV -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for enhanced collaboration between the Islamic Republic and the African state of Burundi.

In a Tuesday meeting with visiting Burundian President Pierre NKurunziza and his accompanying delegation in Tehran, President Ahmadinejad described the visit by his counterpart from Burundi as a major step toward the development of friendly ties between the two nations.
Emphasizing that there are many grounds for the expansion of bilateral relations between Iran and Burundi, the Iranian president added that the two countries can closely cooperate in the fields of agriculture, industry, trade, education, health, culture and politics.
Ahmadinejad noted that Iran and Burundi can have effective cooperation with the establishment of a just world order.
Iran’s chief executive also noted that, in terms of culture and political principles, the Islamic Republic and Burundi belong to the same front.
For his part, the Burundian president pointed to the steady expansion of ties between his country and Iran in recent years and said the presence of him and the accompanying delegation in Tehran reflects the solidification of mutual cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
President NKurunziza also stated that Burundi was determined to expand the level of its ‘constructive ties’ with the Islamic Republic in all fields.

Fars NA -(Wed Apr 10, 2013) Iranian, Burundian Presidents Discuss Bilateral Ties

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza in a meeting in Tehran discussed bilateral ties and explored avenues for the enhancement of mutual cooperation between Tehran and Bujumbura.
During the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, the Iranian and Burundian presidents underlined the need for further expansion of bilateral relations in different fields.
During the meeting, President Ahmadinejad described the visit by President Nkurunziza as a major step towards further development of friendly ties between the two nations.
He pointed to the abundant potentials for the expansion of bilateral relations between Iran and Burundi, adding that the two countries can closely cooperate in the fields of agriculture, industry, trade, education, health, culture and politics.
The Burundian president, for his part, pointed to the continuous expansion of ties between Iran and Burundi in past years, saying that his visit to Iran shows the solidification of mutual cooperation between Iran and Burundi in various fields.
President Nkurunziza said that Burundi “is determined to expand the level of its constructive ties with Iran in all fields”.
The Burundian president is heading a high-ranking delegation, including ministers and deputy ministers, during his visit to Iran.
President Nkurunziza is also slated to hold talks with other Iranian senior officials during his stay in Iran.
Burundi is a country located in central Africa. Its capital is Bujumbura and it is bordered by Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent during the last decade.
Iran is now an observing member of the AU and has shown an active presence in previous AU summit meetings.
The country is considered as one of the AU’s strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, several South American states and Turkey, while Tehran is also believed to be prioritizing promotion of its economic and political ties with the African states.

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