Vice President holds bilateral talks with Botswana’s Slumber Tsogwane

RSTV Bureau

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu held bilateral talks with his Botswanian counterpart Slumber Tsogwane, and the two leaders acknowledged the historical, friendly and warm relations between the two countries and held extensive discussions on bilateral, multilateral and issues of mutual interest. They also reiterated their common desire to further strengthen economic, commercial, technical, educational and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

Vice President Tsogwane appreciated the India’s vision of Africa and developmental cooperation with the continent which covers wide range of sectors, including health, infrastructure development, capacity building, defence, mining, agriculture, trade, ICT and energy etc. He also thanked Vice President for the Indian Government’s continued partnership with Botswana.

While acknowledging India’s experience and expertise in defence sector, Slumber Tsogwane warmly recalled long-standing defence cooperation and India’s contribution towards capacity building of Botswana Defense Forces. He also expressed desire to explore further cooperation in this area.

The two leaders resolved to have regular and mutual exchanges of high-level visits and agreed to continue to explore new avenues for further intensifying mutual engagement and thus, strengthening bilateral relations.

Both the Leaders discussed and agreed to deepen cooperation at the United Nations and other multilateral fora in order to address current global challenges of climate change, peace, security and sustainable development. The two leaders emphasized on the need for urgent reforms of the UN Security Council, including its expansion in both the categories of membership, to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the geo-political realities of the 21st Century.

Both the leaders also discussed the menace of terrorism and agreed that determined and credible steps must be taken to eradicate it. They also unequivocally condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed the importance of international efforts to prevent and fight the scourge of terrorism.

They witnessed the signing of the Agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirement for Holders of Diplomatic Passports.

Vice President Naidu noted with satisfaction that the Indian Community in Botswana who have been living for several generations have integrated well into Botswana and contributed towards its development.

Acknowledging the potential of the India-Africa Diamond Institute initiative to contribute to skills development in the diamond industry in Africa, both sides expressed desired to expedite the processes for the establishment of the Institute in Botswana.

The Vice Presidents further expressed a shared vision that the International Solar Alliance (ISA), is a sound framework for building and enhancing capacity of solar rich countries to develop solar technologies. To that end, India welcomed Botswana’s confirmation to join the International Solar Alliance and that Botswana will sign and accede to the Framework Agreement.