The Embassy of the Republic of Burundi in Washington DC was established with the aim of strengthening and coordinating the political, economic, military, social and cultural ties between Burundi and the United States. In order to fulfill its mission and carry out its role, the Embassy of the Republic of Burundi in Washington D.C pursues five strategic objectives:
1) To represent the Burundian State vis-à-vis the United States;
2) To protect the rights and interests of Burundi and Burundians who reside within the United States within the limits permitted by international Law and international Agreements;
3) To promote the economic, cultural and scientific relations between Burundi and the United States;
4) To promote and enhance existing partnership agreements between Burundi and the United States;
5) To represent, promote and protect Burundian interests at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), especially with regard to the Terms and Conditions attached to Financing and Debt Relief.
Burundi established diplomatic relations with the United States in 1962. Since that period, the two countries have enjoyed good diplomatic relations. The cooperation between the two countries was further deepened when in 2007 Burundi committed its troops to the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in order to fight against the terrorist group Al Shabab. This decision was triggered by the strong belief held by both Burundi and the United States that global peace can only prevail in a world freed from terrorism.