Kenya, Tanzania Resolve Airport Diplomatic Row After High-Level Talks

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FILE PHOTO: Kenya Airways planes are seen through a window as the Jomo Kenyatta international airport reopens after flights were suspended following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Nairobi, Kenya August 1, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi/File Photo

Kenya and Tanzania have resolved travel restrictions that was set off on Tuesday when Nairobi declined to grant Air Tanzania cargo rights at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

In retaliation, Tanzania said it will not allow Kenya Airways flights to Dar Es Salam, in what escalated a major diplomatic row.

But the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority on Tuesday said that Kenya had granted Air Tanzania 5th freedom traffic rights for all cargo services, a significant move towards collaboration.

Tanzania subsequently lifted its decision to ban Kenya Airways flights on the Dar-Nairobi route following discussions led by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, who had assured the public of a swift resolution within three days.

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