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Israel will soon open a fully-fledged embassy in Dar es Salaam to make it easier for visa processing and boosting trade between the two nations. The resumption of the diplomatic relations will mean the development of political and economic ties. Tanzania was among the first nations to establish diplomatic ties with Israel after it won its independence in 1963. But it was also among the many African nations that broke off ties with Israel in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Israel’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi, Gil Haskel told East African Business Week the two nations are now working on establishing an embassy in Tanzania. “We are planning to open a full-fledged embassy in Dar es Salaam. The only hindrance for the time being is the global economic challenges, but once things are settled, we will open it,” Haskel said. He also confirmed that it is true, for the time being, that Tanzania has no embassy in Tel Aviv. He added that Israel use Nairobi as a regional embassy to serve Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi.
A federal judge in New York on Thursday ordered a trial next year for Abu Anas al Liby, the Libyan charged in the 1998 deadly bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan set the date for Nov. 3, 2014. Al Liby will be tried alongside two other men indicted in connection with the bombings — Adel Abdel Bary, and Khalid al Fawwaz. All three defendants have been accused of planning the embassy attacks that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. All have pleaded not guilty. Al Liby was captured in Libya in October in a raid carried out by the U.S. Army Delta Force.
Former Tanzanian ambassador to Italy Prof Costa Ricky Mahalu (63) told Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was aware of the two contracts used in purchasing an embassy building in Rome. Mahalu, who is the first witness in the corruption case he faces along with his assistant, former consular Grace Martin, revealed this when making his defence before presiding principal resident magistrate Ilvin Mgeta. Prof Mahalu and Martin are charged in a high profile grand corruption case with causing the Tanzanian government a loss of euros 2m during the purchase of the embassy building over ten years ago. He told the court that, he communicated with then Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Jakaya Kikwete [now President of the United Republic of Tanzania] about the process of purchasing the embassy along with two draft contracts. Prof Mahalu added that after the arrangement, Kikwete met with the owner of the building who told him about the two contracts when he visited the building in December 2001. Led by his defense counsel Mabere Marando, Mahalu told the court that, the Minister reminded him to make sure that the money was paid soon before other people bid for the same building and win it. He added that the owner of the building during the discussion with Kikwete insisted to be paid USD one million, as commitment fee and the Minister assured her that the money would be paid before the end of the year. He further said that, Kikwete visited the building when he was attending a SADC meeting in December 2001.
US President Barack Obama is assuring victims of the 1998USembassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that his government has not forsaken them. In a statement issued on Monday, a day after the two countries commemorated the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of more than 300 people; Obama said the US would not forget families of those killed. His statement does not mention any plans to compensate the families who have been waiting for support, 13 years after the tragedy. “Let it be known that we have never been paid any money by either the Kenya or US governments. We have been forgotten and neglected because no one thinks about us despite the promises we were given,” the chairman of the August 7th victims Ali Mwadama who led Sunday’s gathering said. Mr Mwadama was among hundreds of Kenyans who gathered at the Memorial Park on Sunday to lay wreaths at the plaque where names of some 219 people killed in theNairobibombing are inscribed. Powerful blasts targeting US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam went off on August 7, 1998, blowing up the buildings, in what authorities blamed on Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network which viciously targeted American installations. InKenya, at least 219 people were killed and more than 4000 others wounded when suicide bombers in a truck laden with explosives parked outside theUSembassy building on Haile Selassie Avenue and detonated a powerful bomb that brought building. A simultaneous explosion occurred at the US embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where 11 people were killed and 85 others wounded. Victims in both attacks have not been adequately compensated 13 years after the devastating tragedy.
Canada has recalled its embassy official who recently spat on a policeman and a journalist. A statement issued in Dar es Salaam said the Canadian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mr Robert Orr, has regretted that the incident took place. “In the best interest of all involved parties, the Canadian official will be leaving Tanzania at the earliest possible time and will return to Canada,” said the statement. Last week, the Foreign ministry summoned the Canadian High Commissioner over the incident. A ministry statement issued later condemned the incident, saying that the government was considering whether to expel the diplomat concerned. Media reports said that ‘angered’ by a traffic jam, the Canadian diplomat opened his car window and spat at the policeman on duty. The incident reportedly occurred when the diplomat was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, belonging to the high commission. The journalist was allegedly spat on after he went to the Central Police Station where the diplomat was taken after being arrested. After interrogation, the diplomat was freed because he had diplomatic immunity.
There is a report that a Canadian diplomat in Tanzania was arrested for allegedly spitting on a traffic cop and a journalist. Media reports say the alleged incident occurred during an argument in a traffic jam. A statement from the Tanzanian foreign ministry is accusing the diplomat of humiliating Tanzania and its people and is considering taking measures against him. A Foreign Affairs spokeswoman in Ottawa said that the Canadian government is aware of the incident and is gathering information on it.