Botswana, Ethiopia to sign extradition treaty
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - Botswana and Ethiopia are set to sign a considerable number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among them an extradition treaty agreement, APA learnt on Wednesday.
Botswana foreign ministry spokesperson Emanuel Pheko said this was revealed on Wednesday during the inaugural Botswana/Ethiopia Joint Ministerial Commission held in Gaborone and attended by International Affairs and Cooperation Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and visiting Ethiopian State Minister for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene Kassa.
“The two ministers urged senior officials to accelerate conclusion of the pending draft agreements and memoranda of understanding, namely the Draft Extradition Treaty, Draft Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance,” said Pheko.
He said senior officials were also urged to conclude a draft memoranda of understanding on agricultural cooperation; cooperation in the fields of youth, sport and culture and cooperation in the health sector, to ensure that they are signed before the next Joint Ministerial Commission “at a date to be mutually agreed upon through normal diplomatic channels.”
Pheko said the ministers also highlighted the areas of air transport, tourism, beef industry and leather industry as the possible foundation for economic cooperation between the two countries.
According to Pheko, during the Joint Ministerial Commission, Botswana’s Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security Patrick Ralotsia and Ethiopia’s Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Fekadu Beyene, signed an MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Livestock and Fisheries.