UPDATE: Ramaphosa arrives in Botswana to meet with Khama

President Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama| Supplied

President Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama| Supplied

Ramaphosa’s visits form part of a courtesy call to present himself as the newly elected president.

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, on Saturday morning for a consultative meeting with his Botswana counterpart President Seretse Ian Khama, the Presidency said.

“The courtesy meeting will serve to strengthen already existing strong political, economic, and cultural ties between South Africa and Botswana,” the Presidency said in a statement.

The two countries enjoyed excellent bilateral relations that dated back to the days of the liberation struggle and were formalised by the two governments in 1994.

In his capacity as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Ramaphosa would also hold talks with SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax at the SADC headquarters in Gaborone.

Ramaphosa is on an official three-nation trip in the SADC region. The president commenced his trip in Luanda, Angola, on Friday where he met Angolan President João Lourenço, the current chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence, and security co-operation.

Ramaphosa then proceeded to Windhoek in Namibia where he held a courtesy meeting with Namibian President Hage Geingob, the incoming SADC chair after South Africa.

Ramaphosa is accompanied by International Relations and Co-operation, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the presidency said.

– African News Agency (ANA)


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