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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