INTRODUCTION: The Presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, countries which had major disagreements after the collapse of the East African Economic Community, met in Nairobi on Friday (24 July) and agreed to work for co-operation in the region.
SV Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere down aircraft steps and greeted by Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, leaders walking across tarmac. (2 SHOTS)
SV Dancers performing.
SV Ugandan President Milton Obote down aircraft steps and greeted by President Moi.
GV Presidents Obote and Moi walking across tarmac.
SV President Obote shaking hands with line of officials. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Obote waving to singers and dancers.
SV Dancers performing.
SV Presidents Moi, Obote and Nyerere walking away from airport building. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, countries which had major disagreements after the collapse of the East African Economic Community, met in Nairobi on Friday (24 July) and agreed to work for co-operation in the region. The main obstacle to better relations among the three states has been the problem of winding up the affairs of the Community, an economics and customs union. The Community ran railways, harbours and an airline for its members.
SYNOPSIS: President Nyerere of Tanzania was given a red-carpet welcome of his arrival at Nairobi airport, where he was greeted by Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi.In the acrimonious aftermath of the Community breakup, Tanzania closed its border with Kenya which in turn stopped direct flights to Dar Es Salaam.
Ugandan President Dr. Milton Obote played host during the last round of negotiations between the three East African leaders in Kampala in January. During Friday's summit, Tanzania and Kenya reaffirmed their support for Dr. Obote, whose seven-month-old administration is grappling with economic problems and a violent campaign by anti-government guerrillas.
Western diplomats believe regional economic problems, caused by dear oil and falling commodity prices, are encouraging co-operation between the neighbours. Tanzania is short of consumer goods and Kenya is the only country in the region with an export-orientated manufacturing sector. Last year Dr. Nyerere said the Tanzania-Kenya border would be reopened as soon as the question of Community assets and liabilities had been resolved.
Details of Friday's discussion were not disclosed but a communique issued after the meeting said the Presidents had agreed to meet again in Dar Es Salaam on a date to be arranged later.