South African president meets with Lesotho PM on ties

Cyril Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday told the media that Lesotho’s Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro’s visit to South Africa was a sign of deepening relations between the two nations.

This was Majoro’s first courtesy visit since his swearing on May 20, 2020, following the resignation of his predecessor Thomas Thabane.

“This visit marks a very important milestone-the beginning of improving and deepening relations between South Africa and Lesotho at all levels that touch on the movement between South Africa and Lesotho and how we should find ways to support each other’s economy, particularly in relation to post COVID-19,” President Ramaphosa told the media after a meeting with Majoro in Pretoria.

Ramaphosa said their discussions touched on a number of issues including migration, the economy, human trafficking and cross-border crimes, of which the ministers have been asked to formally to deal with.

Majoro said the relationship with South Africa was unique. “Both countries have a unique geographical situation, with Lesotho fully beating as a heart inside South Africa.

It isn’t always a healthy heart and we can see blood running to the face of SA whenever we have issues,” he said, adding that “uppermost in our minds, is that relations between Lesotho and South Africa must at all times be warm.”

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