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Tanzania anger at 'diplomatic spat' with Canada


The Tanzanian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Canadian High Commissioner after a Canadian diplomat allegedly spat at a policeman and a journalist.

A Tanzanian ministry spokesman condemned the incident, saying that his country is considering whether to expel the diplomat concerned.

Reporters say the diplomat, angered by a traffic jam, wound down his window and spat at the policeman on duty.

The Canadian High Commission in Dar es Salaam said it was investigating.

Tanzania's foreign ministry says the incident was a humiliation not just for the police officer and journalist concerned, but for the entire country.

The alleged incident occurred in the Banana district on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

The journalist was allegedly spat at after he went to the police station where the diplomat was taken after being arrested.

The diplomat was freed because he had diplomatic immunity.

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