Rustenburg – Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi will undertake a one-day working visit to South Africa on Friday (March 19), the country’s Ministry of International Affairs and Co-operation said.
In a statement Thursday, the ministry said President Masisi and his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, would discuss various areas of co-operation, as well as engage each other on issues of peace and security in the region as members of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Organ for Politics, Defence and Security.
President Masisi is the Chairperson of the SADC Organ, while President Ramaphosa is the Incoming Chairperson of the Organ.
Botswana and South Africa have over the years benefited from fruitful co-operation that was mostly facilitated through the Bi-National Commission.
The two countries have signed more than 30 agreements in various areas of co-operation.
President Masisi was also expected to introduce Botswana’s candidate for the position of SADC Executive Secretary, Mr Elias Mpedi Magosi.
Botswana wants its head of public service to become SADC Executive Secretary in August, when the term of the incumbent, Tanzania’s Dr Stergomena Tax, expires.
President Masisi visited Malawi a week ago to canvass Lilongwe to vote for Mr Magosi, and did the same this week in the DRC with President Felix Tshisekedi, whose country has also fielded a candidate for the SADC post. – African News Agency