Mozambique and Lesotho sign visa exemption deal

27 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Aug – Mozambique and Lesotho Wednesday in Maputo signed an agreement for visa exemption as part of the official visit by King Letsie III of Lesotho to Mozambique, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The agreement, the timing of which will depend on certain legal requirements, was signed by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Mozambique, Oldemiro Baloi, and Lesotho, Mohlabi Tsekoa.

In an act that marked the first day of the visit by Letsie III, the two countries also signed an agreement to set up a joint commission to create conditions to make the cooperation the two countries are planning possible.

The level of bilateral cooperation between Mozambique and Lesotho is, somewhat, incipient, but the governments believe that signing the two agreements opens up prospects for cooperation between the two countries, which are members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Visa exemption will make it easier for people of both nationalities to travel between the countries, and the decision is based on one of the principles of the SADC, within the framework of regional integration.

As well as tourism, Mozambique and Lesotho, a mountainous kingdom entirely surrounded by South Africa, plan o cooperate in areas such as energy, justice and sport and hope that as part of the general cooperation agreement signed they will identify more areas for cooperation. (macauhub)