The European Union offers its deepest condolences to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania on the passing of former President Benjamin William Mkapa.
Since his early civil and political engagement, President Mkapa played an essential role in building the State of the United Republic of Tanzania. He devoted his life to his country and steadfastly steered Tanzania as its third phase President.
During his tenure, the relations between Africa and the European Union were consolidated thanks to the signature of the Cotonou Agreement. The European Union also recalls President Mkapa’s fundamental contribution as facilitator in the inter-Burundian dialogue.
We honour his legacy and mourn his loss alongside his family and our friends, the people of Tanzania.