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Uhuru and Suluhu agree to improve trade, infrastructure, tourism, and security ties

President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Tanzania President Suluhu Hassan hold private talks at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, May 4, 2021/ PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Tanzania leader Suluhu have agreed to improve cooperation in trade, infrastructure, transport, tourism, culture and security.

Speaking at State House Nairobi after holding private talks, President Kenyatta said they have instructed senior government officials from the respective states to constantly engage each other to strengthen the ties.

“We have instructed ministers to be meeting from time to time to resolve issues that cause problems for the relationship between the two countries. We want to make everything easy for the two nations,” President Kenyatta said on Tuesday.

Uhuru also said Kenya and Tanzania have signed deals on gas pipeline from Mombasa, even as the respective ministers were expected to hold talks to improve cross-border trade.

On her part, President Hassan said they had discussed many issues, but of particular interest was promoting and strengthening cooperation between the two states.

“Tanzania and Kenya are not just neighbours .. but our relationship is brotherly,” President Hassan said.

The two states have had economic differences, which have affected diplomatic relations, which escalated during President John Magufuli’s tenure.

But Suluhu said the two countries need to enhance the relations as they share a long border, and noted that Kenya is the Number One investor in Tanzania in the EAC and fifth globally.

She announced that there are 513 Kenyan investments in Tanzania worth $1.7 billion and 30 Tanzanian companies in Kenya employing some 2,600 people.

Suluhu also wants the two states to cooperate in testing for Covid-19 at the border, which has been a problem, so as not to frustrate trade as has been the case.

Tanzania President Suluhu Hassan arrives in Kenya for two-day visit

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