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Ian Khama

The President of Botswana, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, said that Cuba’s assistance to his country is enormous and decisive.

“Sometimes, in Africa, we receive millions of dollars from rich countries. However, proportionally speaking, Cuba gives us a lot more than anybody else,” said the African leader who arrived in Havana on Monday for a three-day official visit.

On Tuesday, he paid tribute to Cuban internationalists who died fighting for the independence of other peoples. After laying a floral wreath at the monument dedicated to these fighters in the Colon cemetery in Havana, Khama Ian Khama also highlighted their contribution to the end of the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

“In our continent, we recognize and thank the sacrifice of the Cuban people in favor of the stability and independence of the peoples of our region,” he added.

The visitor was accompanied by Brigade General Delsa Esther Puebla Viltres and by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez Costa.

After his arrival on Monday, the president of Botswana laid a wreath before the monument dedicated to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at the Revolution Square and met with President Raul Castro.

This is Khama’s second trip to Cuba. He visited the island in 2007 when he held the position of Vice-President of his country. He became president after Festus Mogae stepped down from that post in February 2009. In October of that same year, Khama Ian Khama was ratified as president in general elections.

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