Egypt amb. discusses with Burundian officials agreement of Nile Basin countries
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CAIRO: Egypt’s ambassador to Burundi Attia Abul Naga held a series of meetings this week with top Burundian officials.

The Egyptian diplomat met with the chairman of the National Assembly (the no. 2 figure in the state), president of the Senate and ministers of foreign affairs, water, environment and agriculture, head of the ruling party and officials in the Burundian parliament.

The meetings focused on the real boom achieved in the bilateral relations during 2013, which witnessed the exchange of meetings at summit levels and high profile ministerial visits between the two countries, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian foreign ministry on Thursday.

Egypt has provided training to 200 Burundian cadres in various fields and offered logistic support for the Burundian government, the statement said.

It added that about 20 Burundian students have received scholarships to study at Al-Azhar University in Egypt and referred to the signing of some memorandum of understandings between the two countries.

The Egyptian ambassador also raised the issue of the framework agreement of the Nile Basin countries and Egypt’s stance on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The diplomat stressed the necessity to continue constructive dialogue among all Nile countries to reach an agreement that achieves the best interests of all states.

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