Geingob arrives in San Antonio, Texas

18 Sep 2015 07:10am

By Maggy Thomas SAN ANTONIO, 18 SEP (NAMPA) -

President Hage Geingob arrived in San Antonio, Texas for a two-day official visit on Thursday. Namibia and San Antonio have a long-standing relationship that culminated in the Windhoek-San Antonio friendship signing ceremony in April this year.

The Namibian Head of State is visiting San Antonio for the first time to cement ties and promote economic cooperation, bilateral trade, goodwill and exchange in multiple fields. Geingob is also in the United States of America (USA) to address the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York next week.

The Namibian Head of State, accompanied by amongst others some Cabinet ministers, a business delegation, and other high-ranking Government officials touched down at around 12h50 (07h50 Namibian time) at the San Antonio International Airport after completing his official three-day visit to Cuba.

At the airport, Geingob and his entourage were received by San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, Namibian Ambassador to the US Martin Andjaba and San Antonio City Council, among other high-ranking Government officials from Namibia and San Antonio.

The delegation also visited the Alamo. The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a building of the 18th century Spanish missions in San Antonio and is listed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Heritage site.

Originally built as a mission and fortress, it was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, which helped spur the establishment of Texas as an independent sovereign state from Mexico. The Alamo is now a museum and shrine.

Geingob also previewed his speech to the 70th UN General Assembly at the San Antonio University of the Incarnate Word.

On Friday, he will address a business breakfast meeting to be attended by business people from both Namibia and Texas. After the business meeting, Geingob departs for Washington DC to attend the Seventh African Leadership Summit and Award, themed "Rethinking social responsibility and governance in Africa" where he will receive the African Political Leader of the Year Award.