Friday, 23 March 2018

Tanzania na Israel zasaini mkataba(MoU) wa ushirikiano wa Kijeshi na Kiintelijensia

A NEW chapter in diplomatic relations between Tanzania and Israel was written yesterday with the signing in Dar es Salaam of the first agreement between the two countries covering mutual cooperation on issues of defence and security.

According to the Minister of Defence and National Service, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, the new memorandum of understanding (MoU) will include sharing information that can help combat rising cases of crimes bordering on terrorism.

It opens new frontiers for the further nurturing of bilateral relations between Tanzania and Israel that went sour during the years of the global Cold War, Mwinyi noted.

He was speaking after he and visiting counterpart Israeli defence minister Avigdor Liberman put pen to paper on the historic MoU document in an event held at the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) headquarters in Upanga, Dar es Salaam.

Said Dr Mwinyi: “We (Tanzania) have a long-time relationship with Israel, but our friendship has in recent years slowed down because of the Cold War and the differing stances that our two countries maintained in relation to global politics.”

Specific areas of cooperation under the new pact will include (military) troop training, cyber security, territory security, and military technology.

Visiting Israel defence minister Liberman had earlier held closed-door talks with Dr Mwinyi and other senior government officials before the media briefing.

Among the top government officials at the meeting were the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Venance Mabeyo, and Tanzania Intelligence Services (TISS) director general Modestus Kipilimba.

In his remarks, the Israeli minister said the new agreement will help the two countries share intelligence information on various areas of security, including helping Tanzania with expertise in technology-based security.

He said the Israeli government will continue to use the fast-warming bilateral relations with Tanzania to boost trade and investments between the two countries.

After being severed for many years, bilateral ties between Tanzania and Israel were re-established in 1995, but Israel continued to conduct diplomatic services with Tanzania via Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya.

Tanzania expressed interest in reopening a mission in Israel multiple times in recent years, but this interest was officially conveyed through a letter from President John Magufuli which Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga handed to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter toured East Africa in 2016.

Tanzania has since established a fully-fledged embassy and ambassadorial presence in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv.

Israel ranks among the top 18 nations in the world on the UN's Human Development Index - - the highest ranked in the Middle East - which places it in the category of ‘Very Highly Developed’.

This allows the country to enjoy a high standard of living rivalling other western nations such as Austria, France, and Finland. The major economic sectors include high-technology and industrial manufacturing.

Relatively under-privileged in terms of natural resources endowment, Israel depends on imports of petroleum, raw materials, wheat, motor vehicles, uncut diamonds, and production inputs.

However, the country's nearly total reliance on energy imports may change with recent discoveries of large natural gas reserves off its coast on the one hand, and the leading role of the Israeli solar energy industry on the other.

Source: The Guardian

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