President Uhuru Kenyatta has invited his Tanzanian counterpart, Samia Suluhu, to Nairobi in a move aimed at amending 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.
“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 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 countries.
“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 said Tanzania and Kenya should revive the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC), which she suggested would play a crucial role in strengthening bilateral ties.
The Commission, which has a membership comprising representatives from Kenya and Tanzania, has not met since 2016.
Tanzania is one of Kenya’s close partners in trade, security, education, agriculture and energy.