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President Khama travel to Cuba on a state visit
President Khama travel to Cuba on a state visit

His Excellency The President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, will leave Botswana to go on a State Visit to Cuba from 04-13 June 2010, at the invitation of his counterpart President Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba.

Botswana and Cuba established diplomatic relations in 1977 and the two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations at national and multilateral level, based on mutual respect and common understanding. This will not be His Excellency's first trip to Cuba, in June 2007, in his capacity as Vice-President, President Khama paid a friendship and goodwill visit to Cuba at the invitation of the Government of Cuba.

His Excellency President Khama will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Honourable Phandu T.C Skelemani, the Minister of Health Honourable Dr. John Seakgosing, the Minister of Education and Skills Development Honourable Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi as well as Senior Government Officials.

Preceding the State visit to Cuba President Khama will stop over in London, where he has been invited to attend a Raisa Gorbachev Foundation dinner. The foundation is committed to the control and elimination of childhood cancer through investment indetection, treatment, control and welfare; it aims to transform the young lives of those afflicted with cancer.

From Cuba President Khama will proceed to Chicago, USA to attend the Conservation International Board of Directors meeting. Conservation International is a non – profit Organization that seeks to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well - being of humanity.

 The board of directors, to which HE the President has been a member for over a decade, meets annually to carry out the mandate of the organization.

HE the President and his entourage are expected to return to Botswana on the 13 June 2010. MoFAIC