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President Khama Prime Minister Ramgoolam hold official talks...

His Excellency the President Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama this morning held official talks with the visiting Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, the Rt. Honourable Dr. Navichandra Ramgoolam, at the Office of the President.

The meeting followed a private Tete-a-Tete between the two leaders.

For the talks the President was joined by H.H. the Vice President, Lt.
General Mompati Merafhe, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Hon. Phandu Skelemani, Health, the Hon.
Rev. Dr. John Seakgosing, Transport and Communications, the Hon. Frank Ramsden, and trade and Industry, the Hon. Dorcas Makgato-Malesu and the Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr. Eric Molale, along with senior official; while for his part the Mauritian Prime Minister was joined by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, the Hon. Dr. Arvin Boolel, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service, Mr. Suresh Chundre Seeballuck and other senior officials.

In his introductory remarks, His Excellency thanked the Prime Minister for the reception he and his delegation had received during their 2009 State Visit to Mauritius. He further welcomed the fact that the Prime Minister was accompanied by a high level business delegation who would be meeting with members of the local business community to explore mutually beneficial partnerships. He noted that a number of Mauritian companies had already set up in Botswana, having invested over 100 million into the economy.

His Excellency also once more thanked the Prime Minister for the ongoing medical cooperation between the two countries, which has resulted in the performance of cardiac surgeries at Princess Marina Hospital by
Mauritian cardiologists.  

The Prime Minister responded by expressing his own desire to build upon the existing strong and mutually beneficial relations between Botswana and Mauritius.

Indentified areas of potential further partnership include ICT, textiles and tourism.

Following the talks the two leaders departed for Molepolole, where the Honorable Prime Minister is Guest of Honour at the official opening of the Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences.

As Africa's two oldest multi-party democracies Botswana and Mauritius have long enjoyed cordial relations, cooperating at a bilateral and multilateral level.



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