Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera said he would use his visit to Kenya to consolidate, among other things, trade as well as the long-standing bilateral ties between the two countries.
Speaking on his departure to Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Chakwera said that for the country to be self-sufficient in the pursuit of a new Malawi, it must consolidate its relations with all other countries.
“Strengthening our relations with Kenya and other countries will be of great benefit to Malawi. This marks another level of cooperation. Kenya and Malawi have been friends for a long time,” added the president.
“Friends of Kenya are friends of Malawi too.”
While in Kenya, President Chakwera will hold bilateral talks with President Kenyatta.
President Chakwera’s press secretary Anthony Kasunda said: “The president will use these official missions to secure international connections for Malawi.
“Dr Chakwera is expected to meet powerful dignitaries during the 12-day working trip to the three countries. In the end, Malawi will benefit greatly from the trip.
On Wednesday, the leader of Malawi will be a special guest during the 2021 Mashujaa (Hero) Day celebrations.
The day was set aside to honor all Kenyan heroes. The Malawian leader is also expected to deliver a keynote address at the Malawi Investment Forum and meet with Malawians living in Kenya.
Malawi and Kenya have been allies from time immemorial, but bilateral relations between the two countries cemented in the mid-1960s during the struggle for independence with the founding fathers of the two nations, Hastings Kamuzu Banda and Mzee Jomo. Kenyatta, becoming great friends as they fought the colonialists. .
From Kenya, Chakwera will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Scotland. The president will attend the fifth global sustainable technology and innovation community from October 24-27 in Dubai, where he is expected to meet with business gurus and international experts to discuss bilateral relations, trade, l industry, tourism and investment.
The President will then travel to Glasgow, Scotland, where he will join world leaders, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to attend the high-level segment of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26).
While in Scotland, in addition to having bilateral talks with Johnson, President Chakwera will also have an official engagement with the Scottish Prime Minister among many other heads of state and foreign dignitaries.
The president was greeted by Republican Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and other senior government officials.