Tanzania's Samia Suluhu makes first trip as President, visits Uganda [Photos]
By Robert Abong'o | April 11th 2021
Tanzania's Samia Suluhu has made her first trip as President to Uganda, where she is visiting for a day.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni shared pictures of Suluhu’s arrival on Twitter. She is believed to be visiting for bilateral trade talks that will culminate in the signing of the crude oil pipeline deal between Tanzania and Uganda.
The “tripartite deal” will kick off the construction of a crude oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanga, the Tanzanian seaport.
Through a statement, Uganda's ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Tripartite Project would be finalised upon Suluhu’s visit.
Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta invited Suluhu to Kenya amid efforts to amend frosty relations between Dar and Nairobi, which escalated under the reign of former President John Magufuli, now deceased.
On Saturday, April 10 President Kenyatta sent Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to Tanzania to formally deliver Kenya’s invite to President Suluhu.
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“Today, President Suluhu has received a special delegation from the President of the Republic of Kenya, led by Sports minister Amb. Amina Mohamed,” read part of a press statement by Tanzania State House Spokesperson Gerson Msigwa.
Msigwa said Amina’s visit to Tanzania was aimed at delivering President Kenyatta’s goodwill message to Suluhu amid a strained relationship between the two East African neighbours.
“President Kenyatta has assured President Suluhu of Kenya’s commitment to cooperate with Tanzania for the betterment of the two nations,” said Msigwa.
Suluhu said her Government was ready to resolve all the differences – perceived or real – that Tanzania has with Kenya.
The Tanzanian leader said the two countries share a rich history, and that the ties should not end over issues that can be resolved.
Suluhu also said Tanzania and Kenya should revive the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC), which she suggested would play a big role in firming ties.
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