Geingob recieves new diplomats

28 Nov 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Diplomats from India, Burkina Faso, Belgium and Denmark presented their letters of credence to President Hage Geingob at State House on Wednesday.
Speaking to the media after his presentation, India’s High Commissioner to Namibia Shri Prashant Agrawal said Namibia and India have in the past marched together during very difficult times, but want the partnership oriented towards the future and more attuned towards the younger generations.
“That is my mandate. We both have a lot to learn from each other and we would like to work with you as per your needs and priorities,” he said.
Agrawal added that health, education, agriculture, solar energy, capacity building and infrastructure development are some of the areas he thinks both countries can work on during his tenure.
Burkina Faso’s non-resident ambassador to Namibia, Oumarou Maiga expressed his commitment to Geingob with a toast on cooperation with the government and the people of Namibia for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Belgium’s non-resident ambassador to Namibia, Didier Vanderhasselt announced that Belgium will sit on the United Nation’s Security Council from 01 January 2019 for a period of two years.
“I think we have to keep channels open with Namibia to see which views we can share on regional issues and matters of international security, especially about the conflict areas of the African continent,” he stated.
In the economic sector, Vanderhasselt said diamond trade is very important and he hopes the two countries can work together.
“We can assure [you] that Antwerp is a very important place to sell Namibian diamonds. Eighty per cent of the rough diamond trade takes place in Antwerp. It is the most transparent and best performing market in the world for diamonds,” he added.
Denmark’s non-resident ambassador to Namibia, Tobias Elling Rehfelt toasted to further strengthening the bilateral ties between Namibia and Denmark.
Geingob, on his part, said he looks forward to strengthening the relations with the four countries.