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Morocco, Burundi Committed to “Ambitious and Fruitful” Economic Cooperation (Joint Statement)

The promotion of an “ambitious and fruitful” economic cooperation in various fields was at the center of talks, on Wednesday in Rabat, between Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, Albert Shingiro.

During their talks, the two ministers commended the “exemplary character” that marks the relations between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to make every effort to “develop, intensify and diversify” their cooperation in several areas, in accordance with the political will expressed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI and Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye, says a joint statement issued after the meeting.

In this regard, Bourita welcomed the strong and commendable initiatives of President Evariste, which aim to provide a new reforming impetus for the development and emergence of the Republic of Burundi and reiterated Morocco’s firm commitment to share its know-how and expertise in terms of socio-economic, human and cultural development, the statement says.

The two ministers also stressed the important role that should be played by the Moroccan and Burundian private sectors in boosting cooperation relations, given the mutually beneficial economic potential of the two countries, the same source says, adding that the two parties called on, in this regard, economic operators and investors of both countries to seize the opportunities offered in various economic sectors.

“The two sides have also stressed their interest in the establishment of an ambitious and fruitful cooperation in economic sectors such as: agriculture, energy, vocational training, infrastructure, health, public finance and mining,” the statement notes.

The two ministers also underlined the need to strengthen the political dialogue between the two countries to further boost bilateral relations. To this end, they agreed on the importance of promoting regular political consultations between the two countries on bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest.

In this sense, Bourita and Shingiro signed two agreements. The first concerns the creation of a Joint Cooperation Commission and the second on the exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic, service and special passports.

On the multilateral level, the two parties agreed to mutually support the Moroccan and Burundian candidacies at the level of regional and international cooperation mechanisms.

On this occasion, Shingiro announced his country’s “firm and unequivocal” support for the candidacy of Morocco for a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2028-2029.

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