Bush Signs $700M Grant for Tanzania

Rice, meanwhile, prepares to join negotiations in Kenya
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 6:35 AM CST
Tanzania's President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete waves before receiving U.S. President George W. Bush at a ceremonial arrival at the Tanzanian State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – During the second stop on his whirlwind African tour, President Bush heaped praise on Tanzania's president and signed over a $698 million grant for infrastructure development. "We like dealing with honest people and compassionate people," Bush said of his trip, which is avoiding current hot spots like Kenya in favor of countries with strong democratic leaders in stable nations.

 As Bush moves on to Rwanda tomorrow, US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is expected to travel to Kenya to help mediate the tumultuous situation there. The US has threated sanctions in Kenya if the ruling party blocks negotiations, sparking a response today from Kenya's foreign minister that "our friends" should not "make any mistake of putting a gun to anybody's head."