Z’bar VP hails US for supporting development initiatives

ZANZIBAR: ZANZIBAR First Vice-President Othman Masoud Othman has thanked the people and government of the United States for continuously supporting development programmes in Tanzania, including the Islands of Unguja and Pemba.

Mr Othman delivered the thanks recently at the ‘American Corner’ Centre, located in Chanjani, Chakechake, in South Pemba Region, when he met and held talks with the US Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Michael Anthony Battle.

The US Ambassador visited Pemba, following the promise he made earlier this year, when he met Mr Othman at his office, Migombani in Unguja.

The Vice-President said it was good for the US Ambassador to travel to Pemba to witness the pace of development, particularly programmes supported by the US.

He said: “US and Zanzibar have strong, long-standing, relations, so it is comforting to see that the relation continues in various fields, including economic, human rights and democracy, and investments.”

The meeting between Othman and Mr Battle was attended by various leaders in Pemba who also thanked the US for maintaining good relations.

On his part, Ambassador Battle explained that his country has the responsibility to encourage the development of Africa, Tanzania, and Zanzibar in particular.

“The United States will continue helping and providing various opportunities to develop Zanzibar, including training for Zanzibaris in various fields including science and technology,” Ambassador Battle said.

He said that the US is satisfied with the ongoing efforts in strengthening Political Reconciliation in Zanzibar, and the US continues to closely follow the Government of National Unity (GNU).

In his mission, Ambassador Battle was accompanied by various officers, including a Senior Officer from the American Embassy in Tanzania, Mr Musa Ali Shehe.

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