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His Majesty King Letsie III accepted letters of credence from the Republic of Zimbabwe Ambassador to Lesotho, Mr. Isaac Ananias Moyo and the Federative Republic of Brazil Ambassador to Lesotho, Mr. Nedlison Ricardo at the Royal Palace in Maseru on Thursday.

When accepting letters of credence from Mr. Moyo, His Majesty said the Ambassador’s accreditation to Lesotho came at a time when the country is about to embark on a process of reforms with the hope that they will bring a positive bearing on Lesotho's political and economic destiny.

He said the reforms, which include constitutional, public service, parliamentary and security sector will be the most comprehensive since the country gained independence in 1966.

He also commented that the Zimbabwean struggle for independence demonstrated the benefits of self-sacrifice, and has taught Basotho the value of solidarity and support of brothers in times of need.

His Majesty further expressed gratitude to the government of Zimbabwe for the opportunities and support it continues to offer Basotho students in the field of medicine, assuring him of the country's support during his tenure of office.

Presenting his letters of credence, Mr. Moyo expressed gratitude to Lesotho for supporting his country during its struggle for Independence.

He said Lesotho extended its support to Zimbabwe in the political, diplomatic and educational sectors as many Zimbabweans graduated and lectured at the National University of Lesotho.

He noted that both countries are members of the South African Development Community (SADC) and share objectives and aspirations, assuring the country that he will further enhance the existing relations between the two countries and maintain necessary diplomatic dialogue during his tenure of office.

On the other hand, when accepting letters of credence from Mr. Ricardo, His Majesty said the relations between Lesotho and Brazil are underpinned by shared values and principle of respect for basic human rights, fundamental freedoms and rule of law as well as the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

He said the level of the socio-economic development attained by Brazil is a source of inspiration to Lesotho, saying Brazil's performance in various sectors of her economy did not come by chance but through hard work and determination.

He added that the country is aware of advances made in Brazil particularly in the fight against HIV and AIDS while Lesotho is still confronted with high rates of HIV infection, expressing hope that under the technical cooperation agreement that was signed between the two countries in 2010, Brazil will consider sharing her experiences with Lesotho in the fight against HIV.

He also expressed hope that during his tenure of office, both countries will explore further areas of common interest, particularly in the field of agriculture, assuring him of the country's support during his tenure of office.

While presenting his letters of credence, Mr. Ricardo said both countries share similar aspirations in food security, social programme and school feeding.

He said he will remain committed to ensuring that the bonds of cooperation between the two countries are strengthened and that they join forces in the struggle against eradication of hunger and poverty during his tenure of office.

After the credential ceremony, both the Ambassadors paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili.


Source: LENA 16/02/2017
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