Tanzania assures Kenya of sound bilateral ties ahead of presidential polls
07 October 2015, 20:42
Nairobi - Tanzanian President Jakaya
Kikwete has assured Kenya that there will be no policy shift that will
undermine cooperation between the two neighbouring countries even after he
vacates the office.
President Kikwete said stronger ties with Kenya were in the
best interest of his nation, saying the two countries have a long history of
cooperation and friendship which has continued to be fruitful over the years.
"You can't have a policy that takes your hand elsewhere
unless it is towards your mouth, there is clarity on the Tanzania side on this
policy," Kikwete said on Monday night during a dinner hosted by President
Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
Kikwete, who is due to vacate office after the general
elections later this month, noted that Kenya is the largest economy in East
Africa and the largest market for Tanzanian products, adding that it would be
absurd for the two countries to have friction.
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Kikwete observed that Kenya is major source of investment
for Tanzania, and trade between the two countries has grown exponentially in
the last five years.
President Kenyatta termed President Kikwete's state visit as
one that has solidified cordial relations Kenyans and Tanzanians have enjoyed over
He said the visit has set the stage for Kenya and Tanzania
to push existing cooperation to new levels as they shift gear to more areas of
"Our two countries have strengthened bilateral
cooperation in various fields -- in trade and investment, in immigration and
banking -- as we work towards the full integration of the East African
Community (EAC)," Kenyatta said.
Kenyatta applauded his Tanzanian counterpart for creating an
environment that has encouraged investors from Kenya to do business in the
Kenyatta commended the Tanzanian leader for his exemplary
leadership and bade him farewell as he retires after the next general election.
The president also wished the neighbouring country a
successful General Election to be held later this month.