Tanzania President Suluhu Hassan has said her visit to Kenya is aimed at cementing historical friendship and brotherhood between the people of the neighbouring countries.
Speaking during a State banquet hosted in her honour by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Tuesday evening, the Tanzanian leader said she will strive to strengthen the historical ties, especially in economic cooperation.
“As you are aware in the current world, relations between nations are based on economics. All other issues will naturally fall in place because of our blood relations but economically we need to lay out sound policies to build strong economies,” President Hassan said.
She said during their private talks with President Kenyatta, they agreed on the need to create an environment conducive for the private sector to thrive and participate fully in economic development.
“Investments from Kenya to Tanzania are largely good. We have about 513 Kenyan companies in Tanzania but from Tanzania to Kenya, we have only 30 companies.”
“ Now, when I go back I will urge more Tanzanian investors to come in and set shop in Kenya so that we can improve on our economies,” she said.
She expressed gratitude to the Kenyan government and Kenyans for standing with Tanzania when the country lost its fifth President the late John Pombe Magufuli.
On his part, President Kenyatta assured Suluhu that Kenya will continue to work with Tanzania to achieve the vision of full regional integration held by East Africa’s founding fathers.
President Kenyatta thanked the Tanzania Head of State for accepting his invitation, saying her gesture demonstrated her desire to continue improving and strengthening good neighbourliness.
“To us Tanzanians are not just neighbours but rather they are our brothers. I have no doubt that our sister President Samia Suhulu will continue with the position which her predecessors took just as I will also do so to improve our relations between our citizens as all that is required is to ensure our brotherhood lasts,” President Kenyatta said.
The State banquet was attended by Cabinet secretaries, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka, Acting Chief Justice Philemona Mwilu, diplomats and several other senior government officials.