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Lazarus Chakwera speaks highly of Malawi–Tanzania relations

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ONENESS—President Chakwera holding bilateral talks with Tanzania President John agufuli at Tanzania State House

President Lazarus Chakwera has described Tanzania as a critical partner for Malawi in as far as issues of trade is concerned.

Chakwera was speaking at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe when he left the country for Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, on a two-day state visit.

Chakwera said he decided to visit Tanzania to cement the bonds of relations the two neighbours have enjoyed in recent years.

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He said he will discuss a number of issues with Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, on how to enhance the relationship between the two neighbours.

“Our northern neighbours in Tanzania are extremely important and I think it is only proper that I finish my preliminary solidarity tour with Tanzania now so that our northern colleagues can also be assured that Malawi is a friend.

“We will discuss a wide range of issues. I am sure President Magufuli will bring up the subject on our mutual benefit. I want to listen. I want to take advice; I want to see how to move forward,” Chakwera said.

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Malawi and Tanzania share the waters of Lake Malawi which is called Lake Nyasa on the Tanzanian side.

In recent years, the prospect of the discovery of oil in the lake has resulted in simmering tension between the two countries.

Analysts have said the tension between the two countries could be resolved through dialogue.

In April last year, Magufuli visited Malawi and had bilateral talks with then Malawi president, Peter Mutharika, on various issues but opted to avoid the thorny lake dispute. Instead the discussions between the two mainly focused on strengthened trade ties.

Malawi has over the years maintained that the North-Eastern boundary between the two countries is the Lake Malawi shoreline as established by Article 1(2) of the 1890 Anglo-Heligoland Treaty.

Among other facilities, landlocked Malawi uses the Tanzanian Port of Dar es Salam to import and export goods.

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