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Tanzania President Magufuli visits Malawi

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By Macdonald Thom:

Tanzania President, John Magufuli, arrived in the country Wednesday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe for a two-day State visit.

President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika welcomed Magufuli who arrived on Air Tanzania aeroplane a few minutes before 10 o’clock in the morning.

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Magufuli inspected a guard of honour before he, alongside Mutharika, watched some traditional dances.

The two leaders did not speak to the media at the airport. They proceeded to Parliament Building where Magufuli and wife, Janeth, laid wreaths at the statue of former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

Later in the day, the two presidents held bilateral talks at Kamuzu Palace.

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According to a statement from Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry, released on Tuesday, the two leaders were expected to hold talks on thematic areas aimed at strengthening their countries’ relationship.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Ben Botolo, was quoted in the media as saying Magufuli’s visit was a simple one and the agenda does not include the long-standing Lake Malawi dispute between Malawi and Tanzania.

Tanzania claims ownership of part of the lake but Malawi disputes this.

Magufuli is, today, expected to accompany Mutharika to the official opening of the 2019 Tobacco Marketing Season at Lilongwe Auction Floors. The Tanzania leader will return home later in the morning.

Following the arrival of Magufuli, National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, on Tuesday said police officers would man most of the feeder roads in Lilongwe.

“There will also be temporary road closures as the situation will demand. All road users are advised to abide by traffic instructions given by police officers from time-to-time,” reads a notice which Kadadzera issued to Lilongwe residents.

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