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His Majesty King Letsie III says Turkey's decision to formally request the government of Lesotho to open a resident diplomatic mission in Maseru has already gone a long way in further strengthening relations between the two countries.

This, he said when accepting letters of credence from Turkey Ambassador to Lesotho, Mrs. Elif Comoglu Ulgen at the Royal Palace on Thursday.

He said this decision and its subsequent implementation will undoubtedly reinforce the existing fraternal relations and ensure the longevity and depth of partnership.

His Majesty further said Turkey continues to render unwavering support to issues that are of critical importance to both countries, particularly its efforts towards poverty eradication and heroic determination to safeguard the well-being and security of both countries’ nationals.

He further expressed gratitude over Turkey's contribution to Scott hospital improvement project as well as its assistance during the 2012 food shortage that was brought about by drought.

Presenting letters of credence, Mrs. Ulgen expressed gratitude over the approval of Turkeys request to establish an embassy in Lesotho.

She said bonds of cooperation between the two countries were strengthened by Turkey's scholarships provided to Basotho nationals to study in Turkey, refurbishment of Scott hospital as well as food aid assistance among others.

She added that both countries enjoy bonds of cooperation in the sectors of agriculture, health, trade and Infrastructure.

On the other hand, when accepting letters of credence from Indian High Commissioner, Mrs. Ruchira Kamboj, His Majesty said as partners, both countries have witnessed global political and economic developments that have contributed towards the consolidation of world peace and inclusive economic development.

He expressed appreciation to India for the annual training of Basotho students for long-term and short-term courses in India, indicating that both countries relations have deepened particularly in the areas of defence, economic development, as well as science and technology.

His Majesty assured both Ambassadors of Basotho's support and assistance during their tenure of office so  to enable them discharge their mandate and carry out their duties in a successful manner.

Presenting letters of credence, Mrs. Kambo said both countries share bonds of cooperation in the areas of agriculture, trade and investment, capacity building and Science and technology.

She said Basotho further their studies in India annually and exchange talents and traditions with Indians during their stay.

She added that bilateral relations in trade have grown in the past years in terms of Lesotho's exports to India, pledging to cement the existing bonds of cooperation between the two counties during her stay in Lesotho as the Indian High Commissioner.

Both the Ambassador and the High Commissioner paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Prime Minister after the presentation of letters of credence.


Source: LENA 29/11/2017

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