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US president Barack Obama and former president George W Bush during a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (AP)

US president Barack Obama and former president George W Bush during a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (AP)

US president Barack Obama and former president George W Bush in Dar es Salaam (AP)

US president Barack Obama and former president George W Bush in Dar es Salaam (AP)

US first lady Michelle Obama and former US first lady Laura Bush participate in a summit hosted by the George W Bush Institute in Dar es Salaam (AP)

US first lady Michelle Obama and former US first lady Laura Bush participate in a summit hosted by the George W Bush Institute in Dar es Salaam (AP)

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US president Barack Obama and former president George W Bush during a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (AP)

US president Barack Obama and former president George W Bush have laid a wreath at a memorial for Americans killed in the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Tanzania.

It was a rare joint public appearance by the pair.

Both men bowed their heads after a marine placed the wreath on a stand during a ceremony in Dar es Salaam.

They shook hands with victims and their families and walked back to the embassy together.

The ceremony lasted just a few minutes and neither man made any public comments.

Tuesday's embassy visit is one of the last stops on Mr Obama's week-long tour of the continent. Mr Bush's institute is hosting a two-day summit on African women.

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