|President Dr. Jakaya Kikwete|
The message reads as follows:
“H. E. Abdelaziz Bouteflika
President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria ALGIERS
Your Excellency and Dear Brother,
I am deeply saddened by the sad news of the untimely death of the founding Father of your great Nation that took place on 11th April, 2012.
On behalf of the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to Your Excellency and, through you, to the bereaved family and relatives as well as the Government and the entire brotherly People of Algeria for this untimely death.
Tanzania will always remember the late Ahmed Ben Bella for the important role he played in cementing the relations between our two countries that so happily exists to-date.
He will also be remembered as a truly son of Africa who stood for unity and dignity of the African people. Africa has indeed lost one of the charismatic and revolutionary leaders who dedicated his life not only for the struggle for the independence of Algeria but also for the other African countries that were still suffering under colonialism. He also contributed positively to the peace and stability of Africa in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Panel of the Wise of the African Union.
At this difficult moment of agony and distress, we share your grief and pray to the Almighty God to give the bereaved family, relatives and all the people of Algeria strength and courage to endure the agony resulting from this great loss. May the Almighty God rest the soul of the deceased in eternal peace.
Please accept, Your Excellency and Dear Brother, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
President of the United Republic of Tanzania”
Issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation
DAR ES SALAAM
14th April, 2012