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Obama Arrives In Tanzania; To Commemorate Embassy Bombing With Bush

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, (UPI) –  U.S. President Obama arrived in Tanzania Monday, the final stop on his diplomatic trip to Africa, greeted by crowds cheering and waving flags of both countries.

Most of the residents wore similar garb — a white or navy shirt and white baseball cap with Obama’s likeness. Women and girls wore a patterned fabric with Obama’s image on it as a skirt or a dress.

The street sign for the in front of the State House in Dar es Salaam read “Barack Obama Drive.”

Obama’s time in Tanzania — after visits to Senegal and South Africa — was spent in bilateral meetings with President Jakaya Kikwete and attending a business roundtable with regional chief executive officers.

While in Tanzania the president announced new efforts to boost trade and investment in eastern Africa, as well as a plan to help double access to reliable electricity in the continent.

Obama also announced a new initiative prevent wildlife trafficking, committing $10 million to help combat the problem and sending a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official to the continent.

On Tuesday, President Obama will be joined by former President George W. Bush at the wreath-laying ceremony at the U.S. Embassy, marking the 1998 coordinated bombings of U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in which 223 people died and more than 4,000 were wounded. Eleven of the deaths were at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

The White House previously noted that first lady Michelle Obama would be joining her predecessor, Laura Bush, will attend the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania Tuesday.

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