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Kenya-Tanzania seek to repair bilateral ties

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan. [Courtesy] 

Kenya is hoping to forge strong bilateral ties with Tanzania after a turbulent period when President Samia Suluhu visits the country today.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on arrival at State House, the Tanzanian President will inspect a guard of honour and receive a 21 gun salute before proceeding for the talks.

Suluhu will be in the country for a two-day State visit on invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The two leaders are scheduled to attend a trade forum for Tanzanian and Kenyan business community.

Tanzanian President Suluhu will also attend a session with executive women in business.

Graphics: The Standard

Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate have gazetted President Suluhu’s joint address of Parliament on Wednesday at 2.30 pm.

“The State visit comes at a time when Kenya and Tanzania are working closely to deepen ties in the area of trade and people-to-people relations including the private sector, arts, culture, wildlife matters, tourism and cooperation at the continental and Multilateral levels,” read the statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Suluhu’s trip to Kenya will be her second outside the country since she took office in March.

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Her administration is pursuing a rapprochement with her allies in the region, to repair Tanzania’s foreign relations and alliances that came under strain during the tenure of the late President John Pombe Magufuli.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event. [PSCU]

The visit is expected to thaw relations between the two countries after a frosty period under Magufuli occasioned by economic competition.

One of the thorny issues was Tanzania’s lack of Covid-19 response plan and the risk posed to Kenya.

Failure to agree on Covid-19 protocols at border points led to the countries imposing tariffs on each other’s…

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