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His Majesty King Letsie III accepted letters of credence from Mozambique High Commissioner to Lesotho, Mr. Paulino Jose Macaringue at the ceremony held at Maseru Royal Palace on Thursday.

When accepting the credentials, His Majesty passed his condolences to the government of Mozambique over loss of lives and destruction of infrastructure brought about by cyclone Dineo, saying they are aware that Mozambique has experienced several natural disasters in the past which have forced the government to redirect resources which were otherwise meant to improve the lives of ordinary citizens of Mozambique.

He therefore commended the government of Mozambique for the sacrifices it has made and their resilience in the face of such adversities.

“Our shared solidarity as sister countries has never been in doubt and we stand ready to assist where possible” he said.

His Majesty further acknowledged the relations between the two countries which he said both share common membership to a number of organisations that include Southern African Development Community (SADC), African Union and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), emphasising need for both countries to hold frequent consultation through relevant Ministries in order to adopt common positions on issues of mutual interest as a way of maximising the benefits that should accrue to both countries.

He said the signing of mutual exemption of VISA requirements between Lesotho and Mozambique in 2009 would contribute towards the realisation of the SADC dream of free movement of persons, goods and services within the region.

Furthermore, he assured the High Commissioner of the government and Basotho's support and assistance in order to enable him to execute his duties successfully.

Presenting his letters of credence, Mr. Macaringue said his country values relations that exist between both countries, pledging to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries during his tenure of office.

The High Commissioner also paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister after the presentation ceremony.

Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and has a population of 25.83 million.


Source: LENA 30/03/2017


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