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Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu, set to visit Kenya

State House Kenya has confirmed that Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu, is set to visit the country on Tuesday for a two-day visit.

In a Press Release on Sunday morning, the State House Spokesperson’s Office confirmed that Suluhu would jet into the country on Tuesday, 4th May.

State House Press Release

“Her Excellency Suluhu Samia, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, will land in the country on Tuesday, 4th May 2021, for a two-day visit to the Republic of Kenya,” The Press Release read.

President Kenyatta will receive Suluhu at the Nairobi State House on the same day. However, they would release further information on her visit in the coming days. Thus, the finer details of her visit remain unclear to the public for now.

Her visit to Kenya comes just a few weeks after Kenya sent Sports CS, Amina Mohamed, to meet her for talks on strengthening ties between the two countries. President Kenyatta formally invited her to visit Kenya at that time.

Visit of diplomatic significance

However, according to reports, Samia Suluhu’s visit would be of diplomatic significance between the two countries. Since Magufulu took over Tanzania, Kenya has had a fraught relationship with her neighbor to the south.

Indeed, her visit would come five years after Magufuli made his last visit to Kenya. It would also be her first visit to Kenya. She had, however, made a trip to Uganda for a billion-dollar oil pipeline deal between the two countries and French oil titans Total and China’s CNOOC.

Mending ties

President Suluhu has made it a part of her administration’s resolve to solve diplomatic issues between Kenya and Tanzania. She told Parliament last week that her administration was pursuing economic diplomacy with regional and global partners.

Suluhu became Tanzania’s first female president following the sudden death of the late John Pombe Magufuli. As her Deputy, Suluhu was sworn into Office and assumed power without another election as per Tanzania’s constitution.

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