The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Chief Jonathan, arrived in Holland today (Wednesday) and immediately went to the Hague for talks--in private--with his country's King Moshoeshoe, who has been living there since last April.
GV EXT & CU House where King Moshoeshoe lives (3 shots)
SV Chief Jonathan leaves house
CU PAN Chief Molapo & Manyeli with Chief Jonathan.
GV Car away.
GV EXT Dutch Prime Minister's residence (2 shots)
SV Chief Jonathan entering
SV INT Chief Jonathan shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister.
CU & SV Jonathan PAN De Jong (2 shots)
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Background: The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Chief Jonathan, arrived in Holland today (Wednesday) and immediately went to the Hague for talks--in private--with his country's King Moshoeshoe, who has been living there since last April. Later, Chief Jonathan held brief talks with Dutch Prime Minister Piet de Jong.
King Moshoeshoe has been living in Holland since a State of Emergency was declared in Lesotho following alleged irregularities at the January General Elections. However, authorities in the African Kingdom have gone to great pains to always insist that the King was not living in exile, and that his return was only a matter of time. Reports now indicate that Chief Jonathan is to finalise the details of the King's return to Lesotho under a new Constitution which would redefine the position of the Monarchy.
After his meeting with King Moshoeshoe, Chief Jonathan drove to the residence of Dutch Prime Minister Piet de Jong. Although there has been no official statement on this meeting, it is reported that the amicable talks centred mainly on the return of King Moshoeshoe to Lesotho, and on future economic and cultural exchanges between the small South African kingdom and the Dutch Government.
Chief Jonathan was accompanied by his Minister of Public Works and Communications, Anthony Colvis Manyeli, and by Lesotho's High Commissioner in London and Ambassador to Holland, Chief C.M. Molapo.