The United Nations (UN) has expressed strong hopes in seeing the leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan achieve progress on the regional agenda of the Great Lakes area in boosting socio-economic development while working also towards safeguarding peace and security.
Conveying the message through the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Great Lakes Region, Amb Xia Huang, the global organization commended President Samia at a meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was on a visit. Amb Huang passed on the Secretary-General’s condolences to President Samia on the death of former President Dr. John Magufuli, while also congratulating her on her assumption of office as the first-ever female president of Tanzania. Further commendations from the Secretary-General towards Tanzania came for its great contribution in the UN’s efforts to protect peace and strengthen security in all areas of conflicts where the fight to quell militant groups was on.
To strengthen the relationship between the Organization and the nation, the Secretary-General pledged continuous support and cooperation with Tanzania in protecting peace to enable social-economic development region. Statistics reveal that more than 2,600 Tanzanian military and police personnel currently serve in six UN operations, performing a range of vital tasks, such as protecting civilians and community policing.
President Samia, on her part, accepted and appreciated the messages from the UN Secretary-General, as she gave assurances that the Tanzanian government will continue cooperating with the UN in efforts to protect peace and security in the Great Lakes Region.
She noted to the Ambassador that peace and security as well as democracy in Tanzania was stable and requested the UN to continue with efforts targeted at protecting peace and security in all areas still facing conflicts. Extending to relations with other countries, President Samia called on the UN to persuade the European Union (EU) to uplift economic sanctions against Burundi.