PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete started receiving congratulatory messages from a number of world leaders on the golden jubilee of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
Among the high profile leaders who sent the messages are Pope Francis and the presidents of Germany, France, Ireland, India, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Algeria, Egypt, South Korea, South Sudan, Benin and People's Republic of Korea.
In his message, Pope Francis entrusted Dr Kikwete and Tanzanians to the providence of God. "I pray that you may continue to be guided in your efforts to promote the common good, in solidarity with all the people of Tanzania," said the Pontiff.
Federal Germany President Joachim Gauck, praised President Kikwete for creating a climate of tolerance and the dialogue between religious communities.
"I follow with great interest the broad public discussion about constitutional reform in Tanzania. With your initiative, you gave the country an opportunity to advance the rule of law.
I wish all actors concerned skill and courage, especially to compromise when indifferences arise," he said.
The President of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda, cherished friendly relations that exist between the two countries since time immemorial.
"I would like to express my hope that our bilateral and regional relations will continue to flourish in the years to come and that we will work together to adopt economic, political and social development solutions for the mutual benefit of our two countries and for global prosperity."
Meanwhile, several Tanzanian missions abroad will arrange special programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Union.
Such programmes have been organised in Washington DC, Moscow, Maputo, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Cairo and Paris.