12 April 2018

Botswana: Masisi Nurtures Ties

Gaborone — President Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday embarked on a two-nation working visit to Zambia and Angola.

According to permanent secretary in the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Gaeimelwe Goitsemang, who was speaking soon after the President's departure, the purpose of the one-day visits was for President Masisi to introduce himself to his counterparts in the two countries.

Mr Goitsemang, highlighted that the visits would also provide an opportunity for Botswana to re-affirm and deepen its bilateral relations with both Angola and Zambia.

He explained that it was a long-standing tradition in Botswana for new State Presidents to visit and introduce themselves to their counterparts.

He said tradition was borne out of the understanding by Batswana that their neighbours were their immediate concern, hence President Masisi's working visits to neighbouring countries.

He further explained that the President had already embarked on similar visits to Namibia and Zimbabwe, and would today visit South Africa for the same purpose.

He added that President Masisi would undertake another working visit to Mozambique on April 16.

He said in addition to the visits serving to strengthen and broaden bilateral relations, they also provided a platform for Botswana to reassure its neighbours of its commitment to continue working with them, in the process broadening the scope of the existing relations.

Meanwhile, a press release from Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation says during the visits, President Masisi will hold consultative meetings with Heads of State of the respective countries.

The working visits will afford the President an invaluable opportunity to engage with his counterparts and thereby reaffirm Botswana's commitment to further deepen and broaden the scope of bilateral cooperation with the respective countries, the release further states.

Further, it is expected that during the visits, the leaders would also discuss regional, continental and global issues of mutual concern.

For the visits to Angola and Zambia, the President was accompanied by the Ministers of International Affairs and Co-operation, Mr Vincent Seretse, Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Mr Eric Molale and Transport and Communications, Mr Kitso Mokaila.

Today, he will be accompanied by First Lady, Ms Neo Masisi, and Ministers Seretse, Molale, Mokaila as well as Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr Patrick Ralotsia.

Source: BOPA

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