Acting US ambassador, Dr Inmi Patterson, says he would love to send President John Magufuli to a five weeks tour of the US.
He made the remarks in Dar es Salaam recently during a short ceremony to welcome the newly arrived US embassy Public Affairs officer, Ms Brinille Ellis.
“Mwalimu Nyerere visited US in 1960 and spent five weeks. Five weeks is a long time and he visited a number of cities… I would love to send President Magufuli to a five weeks tour of the United States,” she said amid laughter from the audience.
Dr Patterson said visits on leadership experience and exchange programmes such as that conducted by Mwalimu Nyerere in 1960 have been maintained because they were essential in cementing the relations between US and Tanzania.
Quoting a famous US radio journalist, Edward Murrow, Dr Patterson said for relations between institutions and countries to flourish, they should start at personal level.
Dr Magufuli has never visited any country outside Africa since his election in October 2015. He has been insisting that he has a lot of work to do domestically and what he would do in international visits could easily be achieved by Tanzania envoys outside.
In fact, even in Africa, President has visited only Ethiopia outside east Africa Region.
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Meanwhile, Ms Ellis assured Tanzanians that she will work with them closely to further relations between the two countries.
“This is not my first visit to Tanzania… I first visited Tanzania 17 years ago and though I did not visit Dar es Salaam but the warm and friendly attitude extended by Tanzanians then is still in my memory,” she said.