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His Majesty King Letsie III accepted letter of credence from the ambassadors of the Kingdom of Denmark, Mrs. Trine Rask Thygesen and of the Republic of Niger, Mrs. Rakiatou Mayaki respectively at the ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Maseru on Thursday.

Accepting the credentials, His Majesty highlighted the respective co-existence of the two countries with Lesotho, each having unique bilateral cooperation and relations hoped to continue to enhance their bonds for the mutual benefit of their peoples.

Addressing the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, he said the eminent history of friendship and cooperation between Lesotho and Denmark has been symbolized by the fact of being among a few countries in the world that remain monarchies.

He expressed gratitude for the generous support that Denmark continues to extend to Lesotho through the European Union and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), saying the financial assistance Lesotho received from Denmark enabled her to make visible strides in the development of her structure.

Speaking about the Republic of Niger, His Majesty expressed hope that Mrs. Rakiatou Mayaki’s appointment as the first ambassador of Niger to Lesotho will lead to the deepening of the two countries' bilateral relations, saying cooperation between these countries holds the potential to act as a corner stone for their socio-economic development as they are both endowed with natural resources.

His Majesty added that if the two countries can cooperate in areas such as skills transfer and experience sharing in related fields, they can overcome the challenge of underdevelopment that have plagued the countries for decades.

Presenting her credentials, Mrs. Thygesen of the Kingdom of Denmark said her responsibility as the ambassador representing her country will mainly be to enhance the existing relations between the two countries.

She cited the two countries' mutual interest and common desire, thus to ensure improvement in the livelihoods of their nations through economic growth and equal opportunities for all.

Mrs. Thygesen noted that the diplomatic relations between Lesotho and Denmark can be traced as far back as 1970, saying the relations were conducted through the Danish International Development Agency.

In the same manner, the Ambassador of the Republic of Niger, Mrs. Rakiatou Mayaki commended His Majesty and his country for peaceful and fair elections held recently, thereby applauding His Majesty’s leadership.

She said the two countries share common membership to a number of international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank and the World Bank, adding that UN classifies Niger and Lesotho under Least Developed Countries. (LDCs)

In conclusion, she envisaged the possible areas of cooperation between the two countries can be mining, agriculture and other areas of mutual interest based on the experiences of each country.

The two Ambassadors later paid the courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane.


Source: LENA 17/08/2017

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