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Iranian, Burundian FMs discuss ways to boost ties
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TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi held a meeting with Laurent Kavakure, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, in Tehran on Saturday in which they discussed ways to boost relations.  
During the meeting, Salehi said given Iran’s potentials and capabilities, Tehran is ready to expand its ties with the African country in health, agricultural and economic areas. 
Salehi said African countries, especially Burundi, have abundant potentials and the great Iranian market is a good opportunity for Burundian businessmen.   
The top Burundian diplomat hailed Iran’s rich history and civilization and said that his country is keen to expand ties with Tehran and use Iran’s expertise in various areas.
The two officials last time met in Tehran in September and discussed ways to enhance ties. 
They also held a meeting on the sidelines of the 2013 Summit of the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in January. 
The Ahmadinejad's administration has striven hard to maximize relations with the African continent over the last eight years. 
Iran has been given an observer member status in the African Union and is considered one of the AU's strategic partners along with India, Japan, China, Turkey, and several South American states.

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