Tanzania's President, John Magufuli, received a letter from Zimbabwe's President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Zimbabwe's President is trying to consolidate diplomatic and economic ties in an attempt to save its sinking economy.
Zimbabwe's Agriculture Minister, Perrence Shiri, was Emmerson Mnangagwa's emissary who had a closed door meeting with the Tanzanian President in Dar Es Salaam and gave him Mnangagwa's letter. Speaking to the press after the meeting the envoy was grateful to Tanzania and appreciated ties the two nations share. The two countries go back to Zimbabwe's liberation struggle before attaining independence. The contents of the letter were not made public.
"We are happy to be here. We really feet at home. Without Tanzania our independence attained in 1980 would have taken us even more years of struggle. But we are thankful that our Tanzanian brothers and sisters who volunteered to join us in our struggle for independence," said Perrence Shiri after the meeting. The Director of Tanzania's Presidential Communications Gerson Msigwa confirmed the engagement.
Zimbabwe is in desperate need to revive its poor performing economy which has been grossly affected by shortages in foreign currency leading to shortages in fuel and basic commodities. Mnangagwa's government is trying to drum up support to rejoin the Commonwealth of which Tanzania is a member.
The leaders are likely to meet in Addis Ababa Ethiopia at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union, which will be held from 10th-11th February 2019.