President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera says cordial and strong relationships with other countries are necessary for the Malawi's development.
Speaking Tuesday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) upon departure to Nairobi, Kenya for a three-day state visit, Chakwera said Malawi and Kenya have many things in common hence the need for strengthened bilateral ties.
He has since arrived in the East African nation
He said relationships between the two countries are founded on longstanding historical, political, economic and social ties.
"Kenya and Malawi are faced with common opportunities and challenges, which require strong collaboration in the context of regional integration to yield development," he said.
He said the trip will not only deepen cooperation but also create wider opportunities for investments and trade.
"While we enjoy sovereignty and independence, we need to create wider cooperation with other countries, like Kenya, especially in areas of trade to ensure that we create more wealth and be able to truly stand on our own," Chakwera said.
Dr. Chakwera is billed to be chief guest at this year's Mashujaa Day (Heroes Day) celebrations at Wang'uru Stadium in Central Kirinyaga County in Kenya on Wednesday, October 20.
The President will also meet Executive Director for the United Nations Human Settlement Program, Maimunah Mohd Sharif before delivering a keynote address at the Malawi Investment Forum.
After the Kenya state visit, the President is set to proceed to the Global Summit on Technology and Innovation in Dubai and later to the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom (UK).