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Foreign Minister of Tanzania to visit Australia

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7 March .1973



The Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs,, ■

Mr Whitlam, said today that he was looking forward to the visit

of the Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Mr John Malecela, who will

be arriving in Australia on 9 March for what he has described as ;;

a goodwill visit.

. It is understood that one of the purposes of Mr Malecela* s

visit is to convey to the Prime Minister a personal message from .

the President of Tanzania, Mr Julius Nyerere. He has also intimated

that he wishes to discuss Australia's attitude to African questions

with, the new Government. ■

In addition to his call on the Prime Minister, Mr Malecela

is expected to have discussions with the Special Minister of State,

Senator Willesee, and with the Secretary of the Department of .

Foreign Affairs, Sir Keith Waller. '

As the first African Foreign Minister to visit Australia

since the new Government came to office, Mr Malecela*s visit was

very welcome, Mr Whitlam added. .

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. At the conclusion of his Australian visit, Mr Malecela

also plans to visit New Zealand.

(Note for editors - Mr Malecela plans to reach Sydney on Q'antas ,

flight QF 642 from Mauritius, at 1320 hours on Friday, 9 March, .

and to arrive in Canberra on a VIP flight about mid-afternoon

the same day .) .. · . . . . . .