The new High Commissioner for the Kingdom of Lesotho, Mr J.R.L. Ketsokoane, presented his credentials?
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Background: The new High Commissioner for the Kingdom of Lesotho, Mr J.R.L. Ketsokoane, presented his credentials to Ghana's Head of State, Colonel I.K. Acheampong, in a ceremony at the Castle Osu in Accra on May 11.
Also present at the ceremony were officials of Ghana's Fop of Foreign Affairs, its Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Major Kwame Baah, and the Secretary of Ghana's National Redemption Council, Mr Nathaniel Quao.
In his speech, Mr Kotsokoane said the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of Ghana had much in common including a colonial background which had been preceded by Black nation-states capable of running their own affairs with justice and equality until destroyed by the British.
They were also facing common administration, social and economic problems. To solve these, Lesotho was engaged in an intensive programme of training and re-orienting its traditional leaders and civil servants; it was trying to raise living standards in rural areas by improving farming methods and transport and other services; and it was trying to create a visible economy.
In particular, as Lesotho's commerce and banking was largely foreign-controlled, it was watching with interest Ghana's attempts to put its economy in the hands of the indigenous population.
Mr Kotsokoane concluded his speech with an appeal for moral, diplomatic and material support from Ghana and other friendly countries to help Lesotho with the problems facing the country because of its geographical position within the boundaries of South Africa.
Replying, Ghana's Head of State, and the chairman of its National Redemption Council, Col. I.K. Acheampong, said that Ghana had been following with keen interest Lesotho's attempts to make social and economic progress.
Ghana was re-assured and gratified that its self-reliance policy had gained acceptance in Lesotho and firmly believed in a policy of internal self-reliance and external co-operation among African states.
Ghana believed that the Organisation of Africa Unity offered the greatest and most realistic opportunities for the most speedy solution of the continent's common problems.