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State Visit to South Africa by His Excellency the President,...
06/10/10

His Excellency the President, Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, will undertake a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa from the 05th to 06th October 2010 at the invitation of his counterpart, His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma.

This will be the first State Visit to South Africa by President Khama. It will serve as an opportunity for the two leaders to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Botswana and South Africa enjoy very strong bonds of friendship, founded on shared values and common purpose; democratic principles; good governance; and mutual respect. Historically, the two countries also share a unique relationship based on strong family connections and a shared cultural heritage.

His Excellency the President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Honourable Phandu T.C Skelemani; the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Honourable Lesego Motsumi; the Minister of Trade and Industry, Honourable Dorcas Makgato-Malesu; the Minister of Transport and Communications, Honourable Frank Ramsden; the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Honourable Peter Siele; the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Honourable Ponatshego Kedikilwe; the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Honourable Kitso Mokaila; and the Honourable Member of Parliament, Daniel Kwelagobe.

Also accompanying the President will be a business delegation. It is expected that the visit will greatly enhance the good relations between Botswana and South Africa for the mutual benefit of both countries and their peoples.

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