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African unity: Kenya and Malawi renew bilateral ties, signs eight mutually beneficial agreements

Two African countries, Kenya and Malawi have on Thursday October 21st signed eight mutually beneficial agreements covering areas including political diplomacy, cooperative development and defense, geared towards socioeconomic progress. The signing which renews the bilateral relationship of the two countries saw the attendance of both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi as well as Ministers representing relevant sectors such as trade, tourism, defense, ICT, Health, interior etc.

Speaking at the joint press conference, Kenyatta said “What we have witnessed today heralds a new dawn in the Kenya-Malawi bilateral relations that will, without doubt, be dominated by years of success and progress; he added that, “through the years, Kenya and Malawi have maintained a strong bond of friendship that has seen the two countries collaborate in initiatives aimed at securing the prosperity of our peoples …. Our Founding Fathers were visionaries. In their foresight, they prophesized a totally liberated Africa, supported the liberation movements across the continent, and midwifed the establishment of the Organization of African Unity.”

The Kenyan President further stated that, “Kenya believes that these arrangements, if well implemented, hold the answers to our continent’s African Solutions to African Problems doctrine. Through these multilateral platforms Kenya, Malawi and other African countries have an excellent opportunity to explore tangible approaches to build strong and resilient African economies, post Covid-19.”

Kenyatta believes that the new arrangements between the two countries, “if well implemented, hold the answers to our continent’s African Solutions to African Problems doctrine;” adding that, “through these multilateral platforms Kenya, Malawi and other African countries have an excellent opportunity to explore tangible approaches to build strong and resilient African economies, post Covid-19.”

Responding to the impactful agreement, Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera said “I personally felt that bond of kinship when Your Excellency and I met on the sidelines of the Global Education summit in London of which Your Excellency was a great co-host. I also felt the same bond of kinship when I interacted with your Excellency and other Kenya officials at various forums,” President said.

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