Gaborone — President, Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has received letters of credence from Nigerian High Commissioner to Botswana, Mr Umar Zainab Salisu.
Upon presentation of letters, High Commissioner Salisu expressed delight over the outstanding bilateral relations that exist between Botswana and Nigeria.
He said Nigeria highly values its relationship with Botswana and regards her as a special friend in the region despite the geographical separation.
The Nigerian High Commissioner said there are viable opportunities to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding between the two countries through the establishment of political consultations as well as through bilateral cooperation.
The relationship, he noted, was built on shared African Union bonds, cooperation in international organisation such as the United Nations as well as a shared commitment to democracy, respect for human rights, peace and security, economic and social development together with an international trade system that benefits all countries.
He said Nigeria is actively looking to deepen and broaden its links with other African nations by expanding its diplomatic representation and engaging African nations to support peace and security in the continent.
Mr Salibu highlighted that Nigeria and Botswana were yet to sign a proposed Bi-National permanent joint commission of cooperation, which will address a lot of issues of concern that will further strength the ties between the two countries.
He however, indicated that the two countries have already been involved on a number of exchange programs, particularly in areas of defence and security as some Nigerian defence personnel have previously been sent to Botswana as part of the exchange programme.
He said the two countries have a lot of similar economic and investment interest that can create employment and economical developmental progress that can be of great benefit to both countries.
He expressed pleasure at the cooperation on initiatives aimed at sustainable economic development, including agriculture, education as well as business development.
Further, High Commissioner Salisu acknowledged government of Botswana for an impressive performance in respect of the rule of law, adding that it was one of the success stories of visionary leadership in Africa.
He said Botswana was indeed a true example of good governance and democracy, hence pleaded with other African countries to benchmark on the progress Botswana made since attaining independence.
Source : BOPA