MOZAMBIQUE PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE
His Majesty King Letsie III accepted letters of credence from Mozambique
High Commissioner to Lesotho, Mr. Paulino Jose Macaringue at the
ceremony held at Maseru Royal Palace on Thursday.
When accepting the credentials, His Majesty passed his condolences to
the government of Mozambique over loss of lives and destruction of
infrastructure brought about by cyclone Dineo, saying they are aware
that Mozambique has experienced several natural disasters in the past
which have forced the government to redirect resources which were
otherwise meant to improve the lives of ordinary citizens of Mozambique.
He therefore commended the government of Mozambique for the sacrifices
it has made and their resilience in the face of such adversities.
“Our shared solidarity as sister countries has never been in doubt and
we stand ready to assist where possible” he said.
His Majesty further acknowledged the relations between the two countries
which he said both share common membership to a number of organisations
that include Southern African Development Community (SADC), African
Union and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), emphasising need for both
countries to hold frequent consultation through relevant Ministries in
order to adopt common positions on issues of mutual interest as a way of
maximising the benefits that should accrue to both countries.
He said the signing of mutual exemption of VISA requirements between
Lesotho and Mozambique in 2009 would contribute towards the realisation
of the SADC dream of free movement of persons, goods and services within
Furthermore, he assured the High Commissioner of the government and
Basotho's support and assistance in order to enable him to execute his
Presenting his letters of credence, Mr. Macaringue said his country
values relations that exist between both countries, pledging to
strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two
countries during his tenure of office.
The High Commissioner also paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister
after the presentation ceremony.
Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and has a
population of 25.83 million.
Source: LENA 30/03/2017