Tanzanian President, Julius Nyere, arrived in Algiers on Friday (13 July) to a red-carpet welcome on his first visit to Algeria.
Tanzanian President, Julius Nyere, arrived in Algiers on Friday (13 July) to a red-carpet welcome on his first visit to Algeria. Dr Nyerere and the newly-elected Algerian President Chadli Benjedid are expected to establish a close relationship.
SYNOPSIS: The visit by the Tanzanian leader was delayed because he opposed the detention of former President Ahmed Ben Bella. But with Ben Bella's release last week, after fourteen years in detention, the state visit went ahead.
Dr. Nyerere and his party, who had attended the United Nations Food and Agricultural Conference in Rome, were greeted by President Chadli at Algiers Airport. Tanzania is regarded by Algeria as a natural ally in all international forums and both countries are members of the so-called progressive group of African countries of the non-aligned movement. Dr. Nyere was described by the official Algerian News agency as a wise statesmen.
On the eve of Dr. Nyerere's visit, the Algerian weekly, 'Revolution Africaine', stressed that Tanzania and Algeria hold identical views on main international issues.
Algeria has supported Tanzanian-backed guerrilla movements in Southern Africa and has also sided with Tanzania in its recent military campaign to oust former Ugandan President Idi Amin. Talks between the Tanzanian and Algerian leaders were expected to centre on African affairs in the light of this week's summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Monrovia, Liberia.
Algeria and Tanzania are linked by a trade agreement signed last year. Algeria exports mining products textiles and shoes to Tanzania, in return for Tanzanian important of coffee, tea, timer and spices.