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His Majesty King Letsie III says Lesotho has benefited immensely from the generous support that has been extended by Australia to her developmental efforts since the formal diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1973.

This, he said when accepting letters of credence from Australia High Commissioner to Lesotho, Mr. Adam Justin McCarthy at an event held at the Royal Palace in Maseru on Thursday.

His Majesty said relations between the two countries have recently diversified with growing cooperation in the areas of among others, financial intelligence and anti-money laundering, training in forensics for members of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service and training in international peace keeping for members of the Lesotho Defence Force.

He further noted that both countries share common membership in the United Nations and Commonwealth, highlighting need to leverage the shared membership to advance and accelerate their collaboration in areas of global peace, stability and security and in other fields that will benefit their people.

He therefore assured the High Commissioner of the government support during his tenure of office.

Presenting the letters of credence, Mr. Adam Justin McCarthy said his country values relations that exist between the two countries, saying most of Basotho studied in Australia and that it (Australia) will continue to provide post graduate sponsorships for Basotho children.

He added that both countries share common challenges in climate change due to their landscape.

He also said his country will continue to provide assistance in among others, food security in African countries, pledging to strengthen the existing relations between the two countries during his tenure of office.

Meanwhile, Mr. Justin McCarthy paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili after the presentation ceremony.

Source: LENA 23/02/2017


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