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India cherishes partnership with Lesotho: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind appreciated Lesotho, in Africa, for its continuous support to India’s candidature in multilateral bodies.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2018 15:35 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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King Letsie III, King of Lesotho and Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso call on the President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Asserting India’s commitment for Lesotho’s development, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday thanked the country for its support at multilateral bodies, including Justice Dalveer Bhandari re-election to the International Court of Justice, according to an official statement.

Welcoming King Letsie III and Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Kovind said India and Lesotho share close and cordial ties.

“India cherishes its partnership with Lesotho. India is strongly committed to its developmental partnership with Lesotho. We have established an IT centre in Lesotho and look forward to its success in training and skilling youth,” he said.

The president appreciated Lesotho for its continuous support to India’s candidature in multilateral bodies.

He specially thanked Lesotho for its support to Neeru Chadha at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Judge Dalveer Bhandari at the ICJ and for India’s re-election to the executive board of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Judge Bhandari was re-elected to the world court in November last year.

The president said India has extended a Line of Credit for setting up a vocational training centre at Maseru to train Lesotho’s women and youth.

He noted that India’s capacity building partnership with Lesotho under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programmes and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship scheme is progressing well.

First Published: Jan 02, 2018 15:34 IST