President Ramaphosa to meet Botswana's Khama


Photo posted to the Government of Botswana's official Twitter account welcoming South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to Gaborone, Botswana, on Saturday, to hold a consultative meeting with President Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

JOHANNESBURG - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to travel to Gaborone, Botswana, on Saturday, to hold a consultative meeting with President Seretse Khama Ian Khama as part of his first official three-nation visit.

On Friday, the government of Botswana took to Twitter to welcome Ramaphosa to it&39;s capital with a photo and press release from the international affairs and cooperation department.

The department said Ramaphosa would undertake a one day official visit to Botswana.

"President Ramaphosa will hols bilateral discussions with his counterpart, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana on issues of mutual interest," the press release read.

"The visit by President Ramaphosa demonstrates the commitment by the two neighbouring states to engage regularly at the highest level, in order to advance bilateral cooperation between the two Republics."

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On Friday, Ramaphosa embarked on a three-nation visit that includes Angola, and Namibia with Botswana on Saturday. He was accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on his visit.

Ramaphosa&39;s visits form part of a courtesy call to present himself as the newly elected president of South Africa and as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

After his visits to Angola and Namibia on Friday, Ramaphosa thanked both presidents and said the visits would strengthen the relationships between the countries and South Africa.

Botswana is the host of the SADC Secretariat. Angola is currently the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and Namibia will assume SADC Chairmanship after South Africa.