14 January 2013

Tanzania, China for Improved Diplomatic Ties

TANZANIA and China will not tolerate any criminal elements committed by its nationals residing in either countries, it has been said.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Ambassador Rajab Gamaha, maintained that peace and security were still the priorities of the two countries.

"There are more than 30,000 Chinese Nationals living in Tanzania, and approximately a thousand or less Tanzanians living in China," said Ambassador Gamaha, adding that it is in that spirit that Tanzania's priority has never changed in respect to maintaining peace and security among its nationals.

Ambassador Gamaha who met with the delegation from the People's Republic of China cautioned that any criminal elements would be taken before proper authorities just like any other country in the world. "When something happens, it is not that Chinese or any other national was a target.

It is like a disgruntled criminal breaking a law, where he/she ought to be brought to justice," he said. Speaking at the event, Deputy Director of Consular Affair Department from the People's Republic of China Mr Qzu Xuejun said that his country and Tanzania have enjoyed good cooperation for years, and that his government intends to push forward the bilateral relation that exists especially in consular relations.

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