Kagame, Magufuli meet in Dar for bilateral, regional talks

Thursday March 07 2019

Tanzanian president John Magufuli welcomes his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame (right) to Tanzania for a one day working visit on January 14, 2018. PHOTO | RWANDA PRESIDENCY


Rwanda's President Paul Kagame is in Tanzania for a two-day state visit at the invitation of President John Magufuli, as both leaders seek to cement ties.

President Kagame and his delegation was received at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam on Thursday afternoon by Foreign minister Palamagamba Kabudi.

The leaders will hold bilateral talks and discuss issues on the East African Community (EAC), currently chaired by President Kagame, a statement by Tanzania's Foreign Affairs and EAC ministry notes.

Mr Kagame shares a cordial relationship with Dr Magufuli, unlike his predecessor Jakaya Kikwete with whom he often feuded over regional issues.

President Magufuli, who rarely travels out of the country, made his first foreign visit to Rwanda in April 2016, five months after assuming office. 

President Kagame last state visit to Tanzania was in January 2018 where they agreed to collaborate on the standard gauge railway (SGR) from Isaka to Kigali.


The two leaders will hold closed door talks, after which they will hold a press conference.

Mr Kagame's visit to Tanzania comes amid deteriorating relations with Uganda and frosty ties with Burundi, partner states of the EAC.