Rabat – Youssef Amrani, Morocco’s ambassador to Botswana, presented his credentials to Botswanan president Mokgweetsi Maisisi on Thursday, December 4.
Amrani shared Morocco’s wish to strengthen political dialogue with Botswana and to develop bilateral economic ties through cooperation.
While meeting with the president, Amrani passed on King Mohammed VI’s hopes for progress and prosperity in Botswana and the best wishes of the Moroccan people.
The Botswanan president responded in kind, sharing his respect for Kind Mohammed and praising his role in promoting south-south cooperation within the African Union.
The AU is a point of shared interest for the two countries, with both nations hoping to further continental cooperation and dialogue.
In August 2019, president Maisisi accepted the credentials of Malainin Mohamed Lakhala, an “ambassador” from the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The south African country officially recognizes the self-styled republic’s claims to Western Sahara, a point of contention with Morocco who views the region as part of its own sovereign territory.
However, Botswana and Morocco have maintained strong diplomatic relations since 2005, despite the hostile move from Botswana.