The Indo-Tanzanian Joint Commission on Technical, Economic and Scientific Cooperation has been meeting in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.
The Indo-Tanzanian Joint Commission on Technical, Economic and Scientific Cooperation has been meeting in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. The Indian External Affairs Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is co-chairman of the Commission, is in Dar es Salaam for the meeting, which opened on Friday (29 July), and during a week-long visit will talk to various Tanzanian officials, discussing bilateral relations, and the changing situation in southern Africa.
The conference in Dar es Salaam is the second meeting of the Joint Commission. The first was in New Delhi at the beginning of last year, (January 1976).
SYNOPSIS: An advance team from India arrived in dar es Salaam on Monday (25 July) to prepare for the Commission meeting. Two days later (27 July) the Indian External Affairs Minister, Mr. Vajpayee, arrived, after saying his country wanted to do more to help the liberation struggle in southern Africa.
Mr. Vajpayee said his country morally, politically and materially supported nationalist guerrillas in Rhodesia and Namibia (south West Africa), and wished them speedy success. Tanzania's Vice President Aboud Jumbe later praised India for her contributions to what he called the freedom fighters of southern Africa.
Mr. Vajpayee will have talks with a number of Tanzanian officials during his week long stay in the country, where six hundred Indian experts are working.
The Tanzanians have praised the work the Indians are doing, and at the opening of the Commission, Vice President Jumbe said India and Tanzania had common goals, and called on the two countries to continue working together. Mr. Jumbe said positive actions must be taken to enhance their already good relations.
Mr. Vajpayee said he regarded India's cooperation with Tanzania as a model of what developing countries can achieve when a genuine political will is there.