Jaishankar meets Botswana’s Foreign Minister

To continue India’s far-reaching commitment to Africa, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met with Lemogang Kwape, Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana on 19 October 2022. The meeting took place. held at Ekta Nagar, Kevadia, in Gujarat and was the first meeting for any foreign minister with the EAM.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA), “both ministers reviewed the current situation of bilateral relations between the two countries and explored measures to further strengthen these relations in the future. fields such as health, trade and investment, defense, and economy. cooperation, training and capacity building, among others. Regional and international issues of mutual concern, including cooperation at multilateral forums, such as the United Nations, were also discussed. It was also decided to reinstate the existing institutional mechanisms and conduct these meetings on dates most convenient for both sides, including the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee. “

“India and Botswana enjoy a cordial bilateral relationship underpinned by strong people-to-people ties. The Indian community in Botswana is estimated at over 6,000 people. Bilateral trade between India and Botswana totals around $806 million,” according to the press release.

Diplomatic relations between both countries were established in 1966. India established its representative mission in Botswana in 1987 while Botswana opened its representation in New Delhi in 2006.

There has been a long history of high-level political relations and interactions between both countries. According to the India mission in Gaborone, “a few examples of high-level exchanges include the visit of Vice President Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu from October 31 to November 2, 2018 and the visit of the Vice President. then Dr. Mokgweetsi EK Masisi in October 2015 to attend the 3rd Africa India Forum Summit. “

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