Malawi President Joyce Banda and her counterpart, Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki have agreed to further cement bilateral relation of the two nations by reopening embassies that were closed for seven years.
In a communiqué read by Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Patrick Kabambe during a news conference held at Kamuzu International Airport, Lilongwe Thursday upon departure of the Kenya’s president; the two leaders expressed appreciations of the excellent ties of friendship and cooperation that exist between the two countries.
The two Presidents reaffirmed their willingness to further deepen the relation by opening embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Lilongwe, Malawi.
“Their excellencies Heads of State and government held fruitful private bilateral talks aimed at further cementing the relations between the two governments as well as discussions on many issues of regional and international nature,” read part of the communiqué among other aspects of social economic development and trade ties.
Kabambe said Banda informed Kibaki that “her government is in process of reopening its high commission in Nairobi. On his part, His Excellency, Kibaki directed that a resident diplomatic mission also be opened in Lilongwe as a matter of priority.”
During the visit, the two leaders also agreed to come up with a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business Membership Organization as a way of strengthening trade between the two nations.
In addition to this, the two presidents reaffirmed their commitment to working together in promoting peace and security on the continent for sustainable development of Africa.
Kibaki lauded Malawi for its commitment to finding lasting solutions to regional security challenges and in particularly its contribution of troops to the United Nations (UN) peace keeping in Ivory Coast.
President Mwai Kibaki arrived in the country on Wednesday after being invited by the Malawi leader, Joyce Banda. While in the country, Kibaki laid wreaths at Kamuzu Mausoleum and commissioned the construction of the 13-km Lilongwe West by-pass road.
He has since left Malawi for Kenya.
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