Statement on meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane

13 May 2013

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma held discussions with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, The Right Honourable Thomas Thabane today, 13 May 2013.

The meeting between the two leaders took place within the context of promoting the African Agenda and strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Lesotho spans a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, trade and investment, security, energy, transport, agriculture, tourism, water and environment.

The two leaders reaffirmed the historical and cultural relations that exist between the two sisterly countries.  They committed themselves to working together in the implementation of the joint projects in the areas of water, energy and tourism.

South Africa recently hosted the Joint Bilateral Commission for Cooperation (JBCC) with Lesotho where wide ranging bilateral, regional and international issues were discussed.

For further information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on +27 82 884 5974

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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