After months of strained relations marked by border closures, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown, Kenya and Tanzania have pledged to strengthen links.
President Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania and Sports CS Amina Mohammed, who had been sent by President Uhuru Kenyatta, gave this assurance during a meeting on Saturday.
Kenya’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Dan Kazungu, accompanied CS Amina to the meeting in Dar es Salaam.
During the meeting, President Suluhu reaffirmed her administration’s readiness and willingness to collaborate closely with Kenya in order to strengthen both countries’ trade ties and mutual interests.
“President Suluhu has committed to continue with what the late President John Magufuli started that of ensuring that both nations relate harmoniously,” Tanzania’s Chief Spokesperson Gerson Msigwa said in a statement.
President Kenyatta invited the Tanzanian Head of State to visit Kenya for the first time in his letter, assuring her that Kenya is ready for bilateral talks that will strengthen the two countries’ relations
After the meeting, President Suluhu directed Ministers who form the Joint Permanent Commission from both Tanzania and Kenya to meet and agree on different issues that will ensure the ties are strengthened..
The commission last met in 2016.