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Iran, Burundi Ink MoU to Set Up Joint Politico-Economic Committee.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian and Burundian officials in a meeting in Bujumbura signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a joint political and economic committee.

The MoU was signed between Director General of the Iranian foreign ministry Mehdi Aqajafari and his Burundian counterpart Ferdinand Bashikov in Bujumbura on Friday.

The two countries' foreign ministers agreed to set up a joint committee last year during a visit to Tehran by Burundi foreign minister and the MoU was signed on Friday after being finalized by Aqajafari and Bashikov yesterday.

Based on the MoU, the joint committee will convene a session in Tehran and Bujumbura annually under directors general of the two countries' foreign ministries' for political affairs.

Prior to signing of the document, Aqajafari held talks with Burundi Foreign Minister Alain Nyamitwe.

During the meeting also attended by Iran's Accredited Ambassador to Burundi Seyyed Morteza Mortazavi, the foreign minister of Burundi described his country's ties with Iran as brotherly and welcomed establishment of the joint political and economic committee.

He also said that the committee will play a crucial role in promoting mutual cooperation in all fields, specially scientific, technological, sanitary and economic arenas.

Nyamitwe also voiced his country's readiness for banking cooperation with Iran and invited Iranian companies for active presence in the country.

Director general of Iran's Foreign Ministry for African Affairs arrived in Burundi at the end of his regional tour which had earlier brought him to Uganda.

In February 2015, the Iranian foreign minister paid a diplomatic tour of four East African countries - Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania - which has been described as the beginning of a new chapter in Tehran's ties with African countries.

Iran already has a significant presence in agricultural and economic projects in some African countries and has been a major contributor to humanitarian missions across the continent over the past years.

Iran's active diplomacy in Africa has been construed as a sign of the country's willingness to engage deeper in Africa's political and economic equations; a move that can secure the country's foothold in the region following the removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

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Date:Oct 7, 2017
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