Madagascar and Lesotho on Tuesday (7 December) announced agreement to establish diplomatic relations and reaffirmed their belief in a dialogue with South Africa.
SV Jonathan (left) shaking hands with M. Rabemananjara
SCU M. Raharijaonu reads document
SCU Jonathan sits with M. Rabemananjara
SV M. Raharijaonu hands document to M. Rabemananjara & Jonathan to sign
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SV M. Rabemananjara signing
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SV Both signing.
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Background: Madagascar and Lesotho on Tuesday (7 December) announced agreement to establish diplomatic relations and reaffirmed their belief in a dialogue with South Africa.
A final communique at the end of a five day official visit by Lesotho's Prime Minister, Chief Lebua Jonathan, also announced that the two states had agreed to abolish vises for visits of less than three months between the two states.
SYNOPSIS: In Tananarive on Tuesday, if was announced that Madagascar and Lesotho had established diplomatic relations, after a five day visit by Lesotho's Chief Lebua Jonathan.
An official communique said that both states reaffirmed their belief in a dialogue with South Africa as a means to solving the problem of racial discrimination.
The two states have agreed to abolish visas for visits of less than three months. The agreement was signed by Chief Jonathan and M. Jacques Rabemananjara, Madagascar's Vice President in charge of Foreign affairs, shortly before the Lesotho delegation's departure. The communique said the two governments wished to strengthen their excellent relations, and were both convinced of the necessity for more cooperation. Chief Jonathan has said he will soon be announcing the name of his ambassador to Madagascar.