TANZANIAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE SIGNING OF CO-OPERATION AGREEMENTS WITH ISRAEL

DAR-ES-SALAAM-- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has called for the immediate signing of co-operation agreements between Tanzania and Israel in various sectors, including security, training and economic issues for implementation to take place instantly.

A media statement issued by the Presidential Communications Directorate here Thursday said President Magufuli made the call after holding talks with Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who called on him at State House Dar-es-Salaam earlier.

Tanzania and Israel are long-time allies. I want to see our friendship growing; I welcome investors from Israel to invest here, especially in the agriculture, mining and gas sectors, the president said.

There should be direct flights between Israel and Dar-es-Salaam as well as Kilimanjaro International Airport so as to promote tourism.

Magufuli also assured Lieberman that the Tanzanian government was determined to strengthen the good relationship between Israel and Tanzania.

Lieberman told the president that Israel is determined to strengthen Tanzania-Israel co-operation in agreed sectors and boosting agricultural and food processing.

Magufuli asked Lieberman to convey his invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Tanzania and set up an embassy in this country.

Also present during the meeting were Tanzanian Defence Minister Dr Hussein Mwinyi and Israeli Ambassador to Tanzania Noah Gal Gendler.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK