Shein: Zanzibar to cement relations with Comoros

21Sep 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Shein: Zanzibar to cement relations with Comoros

ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein has said the Island will continue cementing cordial historical bilateral relations with Comoros Islands for the benefit of the two islands.

ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein.

Dr Shein made the pledge when speaking with Comorian president Azali Assoumani who visited the Zanzibar’s State House on Wednesday.

According to him, apart from development, the two countries have been cooperating in a wide range of sectors from social, cultural and economic development.

Dr Shein said that the two nations have been cooperating in various economic and social development issues for over 50 years insisting that the long historical ties should be maintained and honored for mutual benefits.

President Assoumani, who is in Zanzibar for a short holiday, visited Dr Shein and held talks for mutual benefits of the nations,.

“Zanzibar and Comoros have many things in common. We share culture and language. It is only the sea and colonial boundaries that divided us. The doors are always open to cement our history of cooperation in various development programs,” Dr Shein said.

Dr Shein said that they two nations will continue supervising the agreement entered including promote the use of Kiswahili language and development projects in health, education and culture among others.

“Zanzibar is cool and safe; we welcome you (President Assoumani) to have a pleasure and comfortable stay,” added Dr Shein.

He further said that the government will continue supervising the implementation of the agreement entered between the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and the University of Comoro. Among others the agreements stands on promotion of Kiswahili and French languages between the two nations.

For his part, President Assoumani said that his government will continue to reinforce areas of cooperation, maintain the historic links of neighbourhood and blood between the people of Comoros and Zanzibar.

He commended Dr Shein and all the Zanzibar people for their hospitality which has made him stay comfortable and feel at home.

He further explained that the United Republic of Tanzania, including Zanzibar has a lot of collaboration especially given the closeness and brotherhood between the two sides while hailed president Magufuli becoming the new chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)) as the move will be vital towards building bright future of the two countries them.

“We are blood brothers so there is a need to work together”, said President Assoumani emphasizing to continue implementing all that in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Zanzibar and the Comoros in 2014.