Monday, October 22, 2007

King Letsie III of Lesotho Pays First Visit to Cuba

King of Lesotho on First Visit to Cuba

Havana, Oct 22 (acn) The King of Lesotho, His Excellency Letsie III, starts his first official visit to Cuba this Monday. The Head of State is accompanied by a delegation of ministers and other government officials.

King Letsie III will hold talks with Cuba's First Vice President Raul Castro Ruz. Meeting other high ranking officials and touring sites of interest are also part of his agenda closing on Friday.

The Lesotho delegation is made up by the Deputy Speaker of the
Parliament Sephiri Enoch Motanyane; Foreign Minister Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa,; Minister for Environment, Gender and Youth Affairs Mathabiso Angelina Lepono; Minister of Health and Social Welfare Dr. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng; and Lesotho ambassador in Cuba Motseoa Senyane.

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a land-locked country, entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. Formerly Basutoland, it is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Lesotho has a population of approximately 2.3 million, 19 percent urban and 81 percent rural.

To date, 70 students from Lesotho have graduated in Cuban
universities and a group of 23 currently attend courses. Likewise, a group of nineteen Cubans provide services in the African nation.

Lesotho King Arrives in Cuba Today

Havana, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) King Letsie III, Head of State of the Kingdom of Lesotho, is due to arrive in Cuba Monday leading an extensive delegation of ministers and top officials from his country.

According to a report by Granma newspaper, his stay here until October 26 is to foster ties of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

So far, about 70 Lesotho young people have been graduated in the island's university, another 23 are currently studying here, and nearly 19 Cuban collaborators are working in that African country.

His agenda here includes official talks with First Vice President Raul Castro, meeting with other leaders and visiting sites of historic and social interest.

The Kingdom of Lesotho is member of the Non Aligned Countries Movement and has strictly supported the Cuban resolution against the US blockade to the island at the UN General Assembly.

Both nations established diplomatic relations on June 14, 1979.

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