H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania together with his wife, First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete waiting for the arrival of President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China to the State House in Dar es Salaam. Center is Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Senior Advisor to President Kikwete (Diplomatic Affairs).
Hundreds of people gathered on the yards of the State House earlier today, anxiously waiting to welcome President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China during his two-day State Visit in Tanzania.
H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania together with his counterpart President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China wave to the crowd (not in the photo) upon President Xi's arrival in the State House this evening. President Xi Jinping is in the country for a two-day State Visit, where he is scheduled to to officiate the formal hand over ceremony of the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC), which was built by the Chinese Government and thereafter he will participate in a lay of a wreath ceremony at the Chinese Experts Cemetery at Majohe Village in Ukonga, Dar es Salaam. Thereafter, President Xi Jinping is expected to travel to South Africa on Monday evening 25 March 2013, upon the end of his State Visit here in Tanzania.
President Kikwete and President Xi Jinping taking a photo together prior to the beginning of the tête-à-tête meeting. Right is Hon. Minister Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and left is H.E. Lu Youqing, Chinese Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.
President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete welcomes again President Xi Jinping, prior to the commencement of their tête-à-tête in the State House.
Tanzania Delegation that included President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (4th right), Hon. William Mgimwa (MP), Minister for Finance, (right), Hon. Dr. Mary Nagu (MP) (2nd right), Minister of State-Prime Minister's Office (Investment and Empowerment), Hon. Minister Bernard K. Membe (MP), (3rd right), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Prime Minister Hon. Mizengo Pinda (MP) (5th right), Hon. Shamsi Vuai (MP) (6th right), Minister for Defence and National Services and many other Senior Government Officials.
President Xi Jinping (4th left) of the People's Republic of China leading the Chinese Delegation.
Hon. Bernard K. Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation (left) in a candid moment with Chief Secretary, Ambassador Ombeni Y. Sefue.
Mr. John M. Haule, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explaining something to Ambassador Mbelwa Kairuki, Director of the Department of Asia and Australasia prior to the beginning of the official talks between the Government of Tanzania and of the People's Republic of China.
Ambassador Liberata Mulamula (center) in talks with Ambassador Kairuki and one of the President's Assistants.
Ambassador Irene Kasyanju, Director of the Legal Affairs Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation together with her counterpart from the Ministry of Finance, waiting for the arrival of both Presidents and Ministers who will be signing several Agreements as part of continuing cooperation between the two countries.
All photos by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago