Zarif, Burundi Leaders Review Collaboration

Zarif, Burundi Leaders Review Collaboration
Zarif, Burundi Leaders Review Collaboration

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza thanked the Iranian government for its support for the African country in hard times.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Bujumbura on Wednesday.

The president emphasized that the two countries have always been standing by each other, ISNA reported.

Referring to the challenges such as the civil wars in the African country, he said, "We pursue the path toward sustainable economic development and we hope to benefit from Iran's experience and capabilities in this regard."

The foreign minister, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the good relations between the two states and expressed Iran's readiness to continue and expand cordial cooperation with the African country.

The Burundian civil war was an armed conflict lasting from 1993 to 2005 as the result of longstanding ethnic divisions in the country.

In a separate development, Zarif met with his Burundian counterpart Laurent Kavakure on late Tuesday.

He expressed pleasure with his visit to the African country and reiterated, "We enjoy good cooperation with Burundi in various fields and are grateful for its backing for Iran in the international arena," ISNA reported. The foreign minister stressed the need for a coherent and serious coalition by Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states against extremism and violence all over the world.

The Burundian foreign minister praised the Iranian resolve for reinforcing relations between the two countries and called for increased cooperation.