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President Khama ends Ghana visit, Arrives in Liberia

Yesterday (17/08/11), H.E. the President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama was hosted at Osu Castle (State House) Accra, Ghana by his Ghanaian counterpart H.E. Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.

During bilateral talks the two leaders agreed that Ghana and Botswana have a lot of things in common as independent African countries working towards the socio-economic development of the people through a common commitment to democracy and good governance.

Discussions focused on opportunities for increased partnership between the two countries through mutually beneficial trade and investment. Sectors identified as having potential for greater economic and/or inter-governmental cooperation and sharing of best practice included mining, agriculture, education and environmental issues.

The two leaders also discussed international issues of common concern in the region and beyond.

Speaking to the press following the talks, President Mills President John Evans Atta Mills urged fellow African leaders to respect the constitutions of their countries and not to overstay their terms of office, attributing difficulties on the continent in part a unhealthy desire of some leaders to perpetuate their stay in power after their mandate had expired.

President Mills further stressed the need for Africans to know more about each other, lamenting the current situation in which people on the continent seem to know more about Europe and America than what is happening in their own continent, adding that it was high time that African countries engaged in effective inter-African economic cooperation and trade for the benefit of all Africans.

For his part, President Khama lauded President Mills for his active role in working for peace and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Cote D'Ivoire, concurring that it was important for leaders to not overstay their terms of office.

Noting that he had come to Ghana was to strengthen relations between the two nations, President Khama announced that the Permanent Joint Commission for Co-operation would established between the two countries before the end of the year, observing that: "Immediately after my return, I'll contact the relevant Ministers to start working on it."

President Khama further confirmed that he had extended an invitation to the Ghanaian President to visit Botswana.

President Khama began his one day working visit yesterday morning with the arrival of OK 1 at the Jubilee Terminal of the Kotoka International Airport. On arrival he was greeted by the Ghanaian Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr Benjamin Kunbour, as well as senior Ghanaian officials, before proceeding to Osu Castle.

At the Castle, President Khama inspected a guard mounted in his honour by a contingent from the Ghana Navy, before the talks and a state luncheon.

In the late afternoon, President Khama departed from Ghana for Monrovia, Liberia, the third leg of his three day, three nation working tour of West Africa.

Last5 night the President Khama was hosted at a State Banquet by Liberian President H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

NB: Attached is an Official Ghana News Agency (GNA) photo of President Khama with President Mills, as well as our earlier better quality picture of President Khama with Nigerian President Jonathan yesterday.

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