Kenyan and Mozambican nationals will no longer require visas to travel to the two countries, leaders of the two countries announced on Friday.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi met in Maputo, where they held a consultative meeting on enhancing ties between the two countries.
“I urge our Mozambican brothers and sisters to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in Kenya and trade with their Kenyan brothers and sisters,” President Kenyatta said.
In November last year, Kenyatta directed that all Africans shall receive visas on arrival in Kenya but that is now a thing of the past for Mozambican nationals following his latest directive.
“Our forefathers fought for political liberation. It falls upon us to ensure economic liberation, to ensure the artificial boundaries created by former colonial masters are removed and that our people are free to travel, trade, do business and marry without obstacles,” he said in Maputo.
The Kenyan leader also pledged that his government would open an embassy in Maputo this year following a request by President Nyusi.
President @UKenyatta granted key to City of Maputo in rare honour by Mozambique's capital. Kenya to open embassy this year after request by President @FNyusi #KenyaMozambiqueRelations pic.twitter.com/xfd7hr7b5z
— Manoah Esipisu MBS (@MEsipisu) March 30, 2018
Kenyatta was accompanied on the trip by the Kenyan First Lady and a high level delegation.