Geingob welcomes new diplomats

21 Feb 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – Ambassadors and High Commissioners of six countries on Wednesday presented their letters of credence to President Hate Geingob at State House.
Turkish Ambassador Berin Tulun said Namibia is very dear to the people of Turkey and her country did its utmost best in assisting Namibia to gain her independence.
“In my tenure I will do my utmost to expand our friendly relation,” she said.
Britain’s High Commissioner Kate Airey raised a toast to “strengthening and forever prosperous friendly relations between the Namibia and Great Britain”.
United States of America (USA) Ambassador Lisa Johnson said she discussed areas of successful collaboration with Geingob.
“That’s on health, HIV/Aids, wildlife conservation, trade and education,” she said.
When asked by journalists about USA President Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about African countries, she replied that the relationships between Africa and the USA “are about much more than one comment”.
“They are very deep, for instance we are increasing our commitment here in Namibia. There is even more funding this year under the current administration to combat HIV/Aids. We are not walking away from Africa at all,” she said.
Johnson also they respect the Namibian colleagues they work with in the embassy and the people they go out and meet every day.
South Africa (SA)’s High Commissioner, William Whitehead, said his government will continue to deepen and strengthen relations with Namibia.
“We will just continue the policies that were previously followed, enhancing them and ensuring greater socio-economic collaboration between our two brotherly countries.”
Whitehead said the collaboration between Namibia and SA will further look at issues of equity, trade relationships, infrastructure, potential joint ventures of business people and strengthening of communication.
Guyana’s High Commissioner, Cyril Hunte, and Belarus’ Ambassador, Alexander Sidoruk, also presented their letters of credence.