Egypt’s minister of Foreign affairs Sameh Shoukry and Burundian counterpart Alain Aimé Nyamitwe during their meeting in Bujumbura, Tuesday, April 17 - via Twitter
CAIRO – 18 April 2018: Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed several issues of mutual interest with his Burundian counterpart, Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, during their meeting in Bujumbura on Tuesday, April 17.
These issues included Egypt’s water security, health and developing cooperation between the two states, according to an official statement issued by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zaid.
Shoukry said during the meeting that his country has always been keen on Burundi’s interests, including supporting the Burundian government during Egypt's non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council in 2016/2017.
The health cooperation between the two countries was highlighted and praised by both ministers, especially Egypt’s participation in the development of Burundi’s medical status. Egypt was reported to have provided Burundi with six kidney dialysis units. Several Egyptian doctors are currently training their Burundian counterparts to use them, according to the statement.
Nyamitwe paised the “historical” and “brotherly” relations between Bujumbura and Cairo. He affirmed that Egypt’s support to his country is highly appreciated.
The Burundian FM also affirmed that his government fully understands Egypt’s need for water. He hoped for more convergence and compatibility between the Nile Basin countries during their talks in the coming period to reach a reasonable compromise.
Egypt’s relations with its African neighbors have been witnessing positive escalations during the past period, especially after the election of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in 2014.
According to the State Information Service's (SIS) analysis report on Sisi's official foreign visits released last August, about 30 percent of his visits since taking office in June 2014 were to African countries or to participate in African meetings and summits.
The SIS report stated that out of 69 official visits, Sisi headed to 21 African countries, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon and Chad.
He also met with 112 African leaders, as well as other officials, whether during their visits to Egypt or while participating in international meetings and summits.
The African leaders were from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Central African Republic, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Niger and Mauritania.