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Gaborone (15/8/11) - H.E. the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama of the Republic of Botswana, will depart for Abuja, Nigeria tomorrow (16/8/11) for a working visit, as part of a three day diplomatic tour that will also involve working visits to Accra, Ghana and Monrovia Liberia.

In each of the three capitals H.E. President Khama will be hosted and hold bilateral discussions with fellow Heads of State: H.E. President Goodluck Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Prof. John Atta Mills of the Republic of Ghana and H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia.

H.E. President Khama’s visit to Liberia will be the first by a Botswana Head of State

The President will be accompanied on his visits by the Minister for  Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Hon. Mokgweetsi Masisi, and senior officials.

His Excellency is expected back home late Thursday (18/8/11).

As His Excellency’s working visits to the three West African nations will coincide with H.E. the Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe’s attendance at the 2011 SADC Heads of State and Government Ordinary Summit in Luanda, Angola, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, the Hon. Ponatshego Kedikilwe will be serving as Acting President.  

His Honour the Vice President Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe will leave for Angola tomorrow (16/8/11).

The 2011 SADC Summit, which is expected to discuss the Report of the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Report of the Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic Integration, Report on the SADC Tribunal, financial and administrative matters as well as issues related to human and social development within the SADC region. 
The Vice President will be joined by Hon. Phandu Skelemani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Kenneth Matambo, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Hon. Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, Minister of Trade and Industry and senior government officials.

Vice President Merafhe is expected back home on Friday (August 19).


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