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Botswana president misses SADC Extraordinary Summit

Botswana’s President Ian Khama will miss the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) scheduled for 18 March in Kingdom of Swaziland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Emanuel Pheko said on Wednesday.Pheko said in a statement that Foreign Affairs Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi would instead lead the Botswana delegation to the summit.

He said the Botswana delegation would comprise Finance and Economic Development Minister Kenneth Matambo, Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Seretse and senior government officials.

“The Extraordinary Summit will deliberate on progress made regarding the implementation of SADC’s regional integration agenda, which focuses on industrialization, market integration and infrastructure,” said Pheko.

 A SADC Double Troika Summit would also be convened on 17 March to review the political and security situation in the region, in particular, the developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

No immediate explanation was tendered as to why Khama would not be attending the meeting.

Published on 28.04.2020

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