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Prince and Princess of Monaco conclude trip to Burkina Faso

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived on Wednesday evening, 10 January, at the Ouagadougou International Airport in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to begin their three-day visit to the African nation with the goal of strengthening cooperation between the two countries. Upon their arrival, they were greeted by the President and First Lady before attending a short welcome meeting with the presidential couple in the VIP lounge.

The trip, which was called a friendship and work visit, included an official reception hosted by President Roch Kabore of Burkina Faso and his wife, Sika, bilateral discussions, a visit to a local preschool and the National Fire Brigade and the opening of a Red Cross training centre.

Prince Albert and President Kabore spoke, alongside delegations from each country, where they “reviewed the different points of bilateral cooperation before speaking one-on-one,” according to the Directorate of Communication of the Presidency of Burkina Faso.

Their Serene Highnesses accompanied President Kabore to Centre d’Eveil et d’Education preschool in Saab, just outside of Ouagadougou, where they were able to see the education offered there and greet the children. The President said on Twitter that he was “impressed by the quality of the training” at the school.

Inauguration du centre de formation de la Croix Rouge à Loumbila par les couples princier de Monaco et présidentiel du Burkina ce jour 12 janvier 2018

Posted by Présidence du Faso on Friday, 12 January 2018

Discussions between Princess Charlene and the First Lady of Burkina Faso also took place regarding the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and the Kimi Foundation and how the two organisations can work together. The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, alongside the Monaco Red Cross, funded the new Red Cross Aquatic Rescue and Training Centre in Loumbila that the Princely Couple opened while on their visit.

Before the couple left, Prince Albert signed a bilateral agreement, which was a result of the bilateral meetings that had been held on Thursday, 11 January. President Kabore posted on his official Twitter that Prince Albert had invited him on a visit to Monaco, which he gladly accepted.

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