UK’s Minister for Africa visits Lesotho for High Commission opening

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By Lineo Ramatlapeng

The United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said UK has a long standing and active partnership with Lesotho, founded on their shared values as commonwealth nations on her visit to the Mountain Kingdom.

Ford said her visit strengthens the ongoing relationship, helping them to keep working together to protect the values locally, regionally and more widely within the commonwealth.

“The reopening of the British High Commission in Lesotho enhances our ongoing support of Basotho people,” Ford said.

She added that it includes important work on climate change ahead of COP26 in November, tackling the global COVID-19 pandemic, addressing disability rights and security sector reform.

During her visit Ford formally opened the new British High Commission in Maseru alongside the Prime Minister, she also had an audience with His Majesty King Letsie III.

Ford also hosted a dinner with Deputy Minister of Home Affairs; meet with Basotho organizations for people living with disabilities, view COVID-19 prevention and education activities supported by the commission and receive a briefing from UNICEF on the outputs of recent UK humanitarian funding for Lesotho.

Anna Macro, the British High Commissioner said she was delighted to welcome the Minister of Africa to Lesotho for the opening of their new High Commission.

“Recent Covid related travel restrictions have highlighted the importance of being present ‘on the ground’,” said Macro.

Macro said she was proud to show her minister impact that the BHC and their partners are having in Lesotho.