Bilateral Relations, 15.3.2016

The diplomatic relations between Turkey and Tanzania were first established in 1963. In the 19th century, one of the most important Sultanates that the Ottoman Empire had relations was the Sultanate of Zanzibar. The relations between the Ottoman Empire and the Sultanate of Zanzibar were at its peak during the reign of Sultan II. Abdülhamit.

The first Turkish diplomatic mission to the United Republic of Tanzania was established in 1979 in Dar es Salaam, however it was closed in 1985 due to budgetary concerns.

Within the framework of our “Opening up to Africa” policy, the Turkish Embassy in Dar es Salaam has been recently re-established on 18 May 2009.

The bilateral relations between the two countries entered a new era in 2009 with the re-opening of the Turkish Embassy in Dar es Salaam and the State Visit of the President of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Abdullah Gül to the United Republic of Tanzania in February 2009. H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania paid a State Visit to Turkey between 17-21 February 2010.

Following the opening of our Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Turkish Airlines started operating direct flights between Istanbul-Dar es Salaam and Istanbul-Kilimanjaro. Beginning of direct flights have increasednot only the bilateral trade volume, but also cultural exchanges and people to people contacts.

Turkish and Tanzanian authorities have the political will and determination to improve the amicable, brotherly and cooperative bilateral relations between our countries.

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