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Tanzania–United States relations

Tanzania – United States relations
Map indicating locations of Tanzania and USA


United States
Diplomatic Mission
Tanzanian Embassy, Washington, D.C. United States Embassy, Dar es Salaam

Tanzania – United States relations are bilateral relations between Tanzania and the United States.


  • History 1
  • Embassy 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Much of the relationship between Tanzania and the United States has been framed first by the Cold War, and more recently in the context of US policies toward Africa and development. At times relations between the two countries have been tense, though in recent years the two countries have established a growing partnership.

Much early tension in the relationship is rooted in Tanzania's interests in promoting anti-colonial liberation forces in southern Africa, and the United States interests in protecting markets and business interests in Africa. These interests were often in conflict between 1961, and the late 1980s. Since the late 1980s, relations between the United States and Tanzania have improved as a result of mutual interests in debt relief, successive refugee crises, the liberation of southern African countries, and an improving Tanzanian economy (see Waters 2006).

US President Barack Obama meeting his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete in the Oval office in May 2009.
Ambassador Mark B. Childress presenting his credentials to President Kikwete.

George W. Bush. He met President Bush in a private meeting in September 2006 In New York. Kikwete wants to broaden Tanzanian ties to the U.S. across all spheres, including political, economic, and military.

The U.S. Government provides assistance to Tanzania to support programs in the areas of health, environment, democracy, and development of the private sector. The U.S. Agency for International Development's program in Tanzania averages about $20 million per year, a relatively small amount (see Waters 2006). The Peace Corps program, which discontinued in Tanzania due to objections to the United States involvement in the Vietnam War in the 1960s, was re-established in 1979, and provides assistance in education through the provision of teachers. Peace Corps also is assisting in health and environment sectors. Currently, about 147 volunteers are serving in Tanzania. First Lady Laura Bush visited Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar in mid-July 2005.


Principal U.S. Officials include:

The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania is located in Dar es Salaam. The consulate on Zanzibar was closed on June 15, 1979.

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).[1]

External links

  • History of Tanzania - U.S. relations
  • Waters, Tony (2006). Markets and Morality: America's Relations with Tanzania. African Studies Quarterly, vol. 8, no. 3.
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