Speaking at a joint news conference with President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Gul said, "I believe that visit of the guest president will add momentum to bilateral relations." Gul said this visit, which takes place for the first time in presidency level, has a historical importance. Referring to Turkey's decision to open 15 new embassies after Africa Move, Gul said the first embassy was inaugurated in Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam seven months ago. Gul said legal basis in relations were about to be established with the agreements signed between Turkey and Tanzania, "the two countries will get much closer with THY's scheduled direct flights in June," he added. Gul said Tanzania was one of the unique African countries having relations with Turkey since the Ottoman period, indicating that relations continued sincerely.
Gul underlined that economy, trade and investment were the matters Turkey attached a high importance in relations with Tanzania, "there is an important investment potential in this country in areas of textile, agriculture, mining, tourism, construction and infrastructure" he added. Gul said regional matters in Africa as well as bilateral relations were assessed during his meeting with Kikwete, and noted that Turkey, which is a member of the UN Security Council, was in close consultation with Tanzania about the issues related to Africa. Turkish president said Tanzania was one of the most stable and secure countries of Africa, indicating that democracy operated well in this country.
Prior to the news conference Turkey and Tanzania signed agreements of visa exemption, commercial cooperation and air transportation. Foreign ministries of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding regarding establishment of a political consultation mechanism.