Tanzania is willing to be an entry point for Vietnamese goods to enter African markets, including East Africa, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete assured President Truong Tan Sang at talks after a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on October 27.

The guest voiced his hope for Vietnamese support for Tanzanian trade partners, making it easier for them to bring Tanzanian goods to Vietnam and ASEAN in general.

In addition to cooperation on agriculture and telecommunications, both sides pledged to work more closely on investment, trade, farming, fisheries, education, health care and maritime transport.

In political terms, the two leaders were committed to facilitating visits at all levels, boosting people-to-people diplomacy and establishing twin cities, which are expected to increase mutual understanding between the two peoples.

Regarding issues of shared concern, the two leaders vowed to work together closely at global and regional forums.

President Truong Tan Sang thanked Tanzania for backing Vietnam’s accession to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 tenure. He said he hopes the country will continue to help Vietnam along its path to seek membership in several international organisations.

Vietnam always responds positively to Tanzania’s proposals, he noted.

Kikwete, in turn, made it clear that Tanzania has continuously supported Vietnam and will continue to do so in future, hoping Vietnam will be elected to international organisations for the benefit of the two countries.

Turning their attention to the significance of maritime security, safety and freedom in the East Sea, both host and guest highlighted the need to address the disputes peacefully and in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea with a view to finalising the terms of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

The host accepted Kikwete’s invitation to visit Tanzania in the near future with pleasure. The timing of the visit will be arranged via diplomatic channels.

After the talks, they witnessed the signing of a bilateral agreement on maritime transport./