Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Her Excellency Paola Amadei, presented her letters of credence to His Majesty King Letsie III at a ceremony held today at the Royal Palace in Maseru.
Ambassador Amadei is the 12th Ambassador of the European Union to the Kingdom of Lesotho and the first woman to serve in this role.
During the credential ceremony, Ambassador Amadei highlighted the enduring partnership between the European Union and the Kingdom of Lesotho, based on a legacy of shared values of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, and multilateralism. In its cooperation with Lesotho, the EU aspires to promote environmentally sustainable and equitable development for all.
Lesotho and its EU partners have been precursors in identifying as priorities for their partnership the sustainable management of land and water and the fair access to renewable energy to Basotho.
The Ambassador reemphasised the EU’s commitment to the ongoing National Reform Process, which the EU has supported, since its inception. She also stressed the support the EU continues to provide to guarantee access to justice and free and fair trials, mentioning the support for the recruitment of foreign judges to assist the country’s Judiciary.
Ambassador Amadei also announced the imminent launch of a programme aimed at increasing opportunities under the existing SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (SADC EPA) for local businesses, and to open new avenues to present and future Basotho youth.
“My tour of duty also marks the beginning of a new worldwide programme of cooperation, ‘Global Europe’ that seeks to build on the lessons learned from the Cotonou Agreement”, Ambassador Amadei added. At the core of Ambassador Amadei’s mandate is the “green and social deal”, and the principle of “leaving no one behind” which is integral to the agenda for sustainable development and inspires internal and external EU policies.
“I hope that the EU lives up to the legacy of the Queen Mother, the late Queen ‘Mamohato in pioneering the rights of the most vulnerable Basotho, and that Lesotho, Europe and other countries can move beyond the difficult period presented by the COVID-19 pandemic”, Ambassador Amadei concluded.