KUWAIT, Aug 30 (KUNA) -- Zanzibar is keen on strengthening ties with Kuwait especially within trade and commerce, said Second Vice President of Zanzibar Seif Ali Iddi Wednesday.
This remark came during a meeting between Iddi and Kuwaiti Ambassador to Tanzania Jassem Al-Najem.
In a statement by the Kuwaiti embassy obtained by KUNA, Iddi thanked Kuwait for its efforts to support his country's plans for development.
Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, is about to witness a new era of its history after recent oil and gas discoveries, which will increase chances of economic cooperation with Kuwait, he added.
Iddi said he is looking forward to the upcoming visit by a delegation from Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) which will include the signing of a loan agreement to expand and re-equip the main hospital in Zanzibar.
On his part, Ambassador Al-Najem affirmed his country's keenness on developing ties Zanzibar on all possible domains.
The relation between Kuwait and Zanzibar dates back to the early 20th century, said Al-Najem, affirming that this fact will surely play a factor in further improving relations in the near future. (end) nhq