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    Gaborone and Harare aim for improved ties

    APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

    Gaborone and Harare will use a state visit by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to repair bilateral relations strained when ex Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was in office.

    Mnangagwa’s visit later this month is upon the invitation of President Ian Khama whose regular spats with Mr Mugabe is well documented.

    Diplomatic relations had gone from bad to worse after the straight-talking Khama joined vociferous calls for former President Robert Mugabe to step down following an army insurrection late last year.

    The Spokesperson for Botswana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Katlego Letsholo said Mnangagwa’s visit will serve to set the stage for improved ties between Gaborone and Harare.

    She added that it would also accord the two leaders an opportunity to deliberate on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern.

    Mnangagwa’s visit will be preceded by the 12th Session of the Botswana -Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) from 8th to 11th February 2018.

    The JPCC will discuss a wide range of issues with a view to broadening and deepening bilateral cooperation in areas such as trade and investment promotion, energy, control of trans-boundary animal diseases, tourism, education, health, shared water courses, transportation and culture.



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