President Masisi in the country to officially open Zim Agric Show

President Masisi in the country to officially open Zim Agric Show

By Oleen Ndori, International News Editor

BOTSWANA President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in Zimbabwe on a three-day state visit during which he is expected to officially open the 112th edition of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show this Friday.

President Masisi touched down at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport to a rousing welcome by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, First Lady Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa, service chiefs, cabinet ministers, diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe and scores of ZANU PF supporters.

He proceeded to inspect the Guard of Honor before meeting government officials while enjoying Zimbabwe’s artistry through dance.

The two leaders took time to address party supporters, with President Mnangagwa welcoming his counterpart to Zimbabwe.

“I want to thank you for coming and welcome you, my dear friend and brother, ” said President Mnangagwa.

President Masisi reiterated his country’s support in calling for the removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

“President Mnangagwa and I have excellent relations, that is why Botswana continues to call for the removal of sanctions against Zimbabwe. These sanctions must go, they must go forever. They are also sanctions against Botswana. If Zimbabwe is sanctioned, Botswana is also sanctioned,” said President Masisi.

The two leaders are also expected to deliberate on issues of mutual interest in the fields of education, agriculture, defense and security, energy and health under the Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission.

President Masisi’s visit to Zimbabwe comes after a successful state visit to Botswana by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018.

The visit by Botswana President is a continued testament to the Second Republic engagement and re-engagement agenda’s positive development as the country strives to place itself in the global community of nations.