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Arrival of His Excellency Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Rideau Hall, Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Excellency, distinguished members of the Tanzanian delegation, my wife, Sharon, and I are delighted to welcome you to Rideau Hall, at the outset of your official visit to Canada. We were sorry when your visit was postponed last year, and our hearts went out at that time to the victims of the ferry accident and their families. We are so pleased to finally have you here with us in Canada.

This visit is made even more special by the fact that it is Your Excellency’s first time in Canada as president of the United Republic of Tanzania. This is cause for celebration, and we are so pleased to see you return following your previous ministerial visits to our country.

I know you will find much that is familiar, as well as many new developments, during your stay in Ottawa and Edmonton.

Canadians are eager to share their stories with you, and to learn more of events in Tanzania and Eastern Africa and of your country’s hopes and dreams for the future.

These are exciting and challenging times for both Tanzania and Canada, and I am looking forward to discussing how we might support one another. As governor general, I have been inviting Canadians to join me in imagining a smarter, more caring nation, and I would like to extend this invitation to all Tanzanians, who seek a more fair and just world.

Despite the geographic distance that separates us, our two countries have much in common. Throughout our histories, we have striven to build tolerant, inclusive societies, and we both believe in the importance of international co-operation and harmony.

In this spirit, one of mutual respect and learning, I again welcome you to Canada.

May our friendship continue to thrive and grow in the years to come!

Thank you.