Remarks by the President at Signing Ceremony, Tanzania (8/28/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                            (Arusha, Tanzania)
For Immediate Release                         August 28, 2000

                         REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                            AT SIGNING CEREMONY

                            Kilimanjaro Airport
                                              Arusha, Tanzania

4:17 P.M. (L)

     PRESIDENT CLINTON:  Mr. President, Secretary Slater, Minister Nyanda,
members of the Tanzanian and American delegations, ladies and gentlemen.
First, Mr. President, thank you for your warm welcome, and will save your
speech.  (Laughter.)  And thank you for your thoughtful and deep remarks.

     I'd like to begin by also thanking you for the warm welcome that you
gave to Chelsea and to Hillary when they were here.  They both fell in love
with your country, and Hillary asked me to give you her regards.  Since
you've just started a campaign, you will understand that she is otherwise
occupied.  (Laughter.)

     I am honored to be here in a place of peace, to visit a champion of
peace.  Tanzania's story is too often not the stuff of headlines.  For that
I say, congratulations.  Think of the headlines you have avoided.
(Applause.)  Because you have avoided headlines about repression, famine
and war, and instead focused on the steady progress of democracy and
development, being generous to your neighbors, and being a cause of peace
and cooperation across the region, too many people in our country do not
know enough about your country.  I hope very much that my visit here, with
so many members of the United States Congress who are here with me, will
help to change that.

     I look forward, Mr. President, to joining you and President Mandela
and the other regional leaders shortly in your efforts to bring a lasting
peace to Burundi, just the last chapter in the distinguished history that
you have already made in such a short time.

     One of the tragic ironies of life is sometimes the most terrible
things happen to those who try to do the most good.  You mentioned it was
just over two years ago that the terrorist bombs went off at our American
embassies not far north of here in Nairobi, and not far south in Dar es
Salaam.  They claimed hundreds of Tanzanian, Kenyan and American lives.

     I believe the terrorists went after Tanzania, Kenya and the United
States precisely because we are dedicated to tolerance, understanding and
cooperation across frontiers and lines of division.  They took a lot of our
loved ones, but as you pointed out, they failed utterly to deter us from
advancing our common principles.

     So, two years later, I would like to say again to the Tanzanian
families and the victims who survived, we still share your sorrow and your
determination to see justice done.  But we are grateful that your nation
has stayed on the course of peace and reconciliation.  (Applause.)

     We also want to continue to support you during the current drought.
We have already provided substantial food assistance, and will continue to
do what is needed.  We are also trying to help both Tanzania and Kenya deal
with your significant refugee problems, which we had a chance to discuss in
our meeting just a moment ago.  We will keep working with you, Mr.
President, to promote education and health, to bring the benefits of the
global information economy to your nation and to the developing world.

     I am glad that we were able to support Tanzania as one of the first
three African countries to qualify for debt relief under the heavily
indebted poor countries initiative.  So long as these economic reforms
continue they will be worth the freeing of $100 million a year, which
Tanzania can now invest in its greatest resource, your people.  (Applause.)

     And I might say, Mr. President, I was very moved by what you said in
our meeting about how you intend to invest that money.  And I hope that the
members of our Congress will take home the powerful example that you have
set as a good reason for us to fully fund our part of the global initiative
to relieve the debt of highly indebted poor countries.

     I also want to do more to encourage foreign investment here.  When I
last met with you, Mr. President, you were just finishing a very successful
tour of the United States to promote American investment here.  It has
doubled in the last five years.  The Open Skies agreement, just signed,
will strengthen our economic ties further, giving both our countries'
airlines unrestricted international access from any airport to any airport
in either country, so that more people can travel and market their products
to more places at lower cost.

     It was the first of six such agreements we have negotiated with
African nations, and I am honored that the first was here in Tanzania.

     We will keep working with you, Mr. President, on all these issues, not
only because your success is important in its own right, and because your
people deserve a chance to live their dreams, but because you inspire all
those around you who are struggling to achieve freedom and peace and
reconciliation.  I urge you to continue to inspire them.

     I thank you for the power of your example.  I support the work you do.
And again let me say on behalf of all the American delegation, we are
delighted and honored to be here.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

     END  4:34 P.M. (L)

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