Botswana president in Angola for two-day visit

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi [Photo courtesy: Weekend Post]
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi is in Angola for a two-day official visit.

President Masisi is scheduled to hold talks with his Angolan counterpart João Lourenço on various issues.

The Botswana leader has been accompanied to Luanda by a high-level delegation, including Ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Environment, among other senior officials of the Botswana government.

During the meeting between the two leaders, the Angolan delegation is expected to include Defense Minister Salviano Sequeira, Luanda Governor, Luther Rescova and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Téte António.

Botswana and Angola have had diplomatic relations since 1975, having signed in February 2006 a General Cooperation Agreement.

Both countries are members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which seeks to consolidate the foundations to form a free trade zone.

The two countries are also involved in the Okavango/Zambezi cross-border tourism project, which is also shared by Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, for a total of 278,000 square kilometers in perimeter for the common practice of ecotourism.