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Tanzania's president in a bid to improve Kenya ties

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu has arrived in Kenya at the start of a two-day state visit, which analysts say is aimed at ending frosty relations.

She was received by a delegation led by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, and immediately headed to State House.

The visiting Head of State will hold bilateral talks aimed at “strengthening the cordial relations between the two countries,” read a statement by Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which noted Kenya is the biggest investor in Tanzania, whose exports to Kenya have been rising in the last 10 years.

She is expected to speak publicly alongside host President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in the capital, Nairobi on Wednesday.

The visit is seen as an effort to improve relations between the two east African countries, fuelled by economic competition and which escalated under the administration of the late Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

Kenya had also been uneasy over Tanzania’s lack of a Covid-19 response plan. Failure to agree on Covid-19 protocols at border points led the two countries imposing tariffs on each other’s goods. In retaliation, Tanzania barred four Kenya airlines, including Kenya Airways, from its airspace.

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