Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu is set to embark on a significant working visit to the Vatican on Monday, aimed at strengthening diplomatic ties between Tanzania and the Vatican City.
Confirmation of President Suluhu’s visit was provided by Tanzania’s Foreign Minister, January Makamba, who announced the visit on Sunday. According to Makamba, the visit is a response to an invitation extended by Pope Francis.
Upon her arrival, President Suluhu is scheduled to be officially received by Pope Francis at the Papal Offices, where they will engage in a private meeting. Subsequently, Pope Francis will meet with the entire delegation accompanying President Suluhu.
Following the meeting with Pope Francis, President Suluhu’s agenda includes discussions with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Chief Assistant to Pope Francis in the Vatican Government, as well as a meeting with Bishop Paul Gallagher, Minister of International Relations of the Vatican.
Accompanying President Suluhu on this diplomatic mission are not only state officials but also representatives of the Catholic Church from Tanzania.
This joint representation underlines the significance of fostering collaboration between the Tanzanian government and the Vatican, highlighting the shared interests and values between the two entities. The visit is expected to contribute to the deepening of bilateral relations and cooperation between Tanzania and the Vatican City.