Gaborone – Botswana and Zimbabwe have agreed to support each other when it comes to securing posts for their respective nominees at inter-governmental organisations.
The two neighbours last week said they would endorse each other’s candidates for posts such as Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Presidency of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP).
Botswana’s Mr Elias Magosi is vying for the SADC post against the DRC’s Professor Faustin Mukela, with the new Executive Secretary to take over from Dr Stergomena Tax to be chosen by regional leaders in August.
Before that, Zimbabwe’s Chief Fortune Charumbira will try and win the PAP Presidency on May 31.
Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lemogang Kwape met his Zimbabwean counterpart, Ambassador Frederick Shava, in Gaborone last week to seal the mutual support agreement.
The two ministers also discussed bilateral economic ties, as well as matters related to the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, to which both countries belong.
As strategic partners, the two countries co-operate in various fields, including defence and security, health, tourism, trade and investment.