The Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane arrived in Khartoum, Sudan on Sunday for an official visit on the invitation of the First Vice-President of Sudan, Lt. General Bakri Hassan Salih.

Press Attaché in the PM’s office, Mr. Thabo Thakalekoala said the objective of the visit is to enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries, and especially discuss the hosting of the Secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child to be undertaken.

He added that possible areas of cooperation in the sectors of mining, agriculture, tourism and security sectors could also be realised between the two countries.

Mr Thakalekoala also envisaged the likelihood of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the end of the visit for cooperation that could be agreed into in the areas of health, security and education.

“It is also expected that the Prime Minister may wish to urge the Government of Sudan to withdraw her candidacy to host the Secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in favour of Lesotho,” stressed Mr. Thakalekoala, adding that the Prime Minister will during the visit also engage in talks with the President of Sudan, Mr. Omar al Bashir, after which there will be a signing of MoU between the Government of Lesotho and the Government of Sudan on the establishment of the political consultation and cooperation; and the MoU between the two governments on social development and social policy.

The Prime Minister’s delegation comprises of the Minister of Social Development, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, the Government Secretary, and other senior government officials.

The Prime Minister and his entourage return to Lesotho on Wednesday.


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