His Majesty King Letsie III and Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso departed Ireland on Tuesday morning last week after a short visit in the country which started on the 20th May, 2012. During this historic visit, their Majesties had audience with President Michael Higgins and his wife, Mrs. Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráinas as well as with Government Ministers and officials.
His Majestry is greeted by President Higgins and his wife, Mrs Sabina Higgins.
Apart from meeting Government officials, their Majesties had the opportunity to visit Coolmore Stud, Newbridge Silverware, Country Crest, Portmarnock Community School, Eirgrid, St. Michael’s House Special School and the Guinness Storehouse. They also had the opportunity to meet Basotho and Friends of Lesotho resident in Ireland during a reception that was organised by the Embassy in honour of this visit.
A short tour at the Áras an Uachtaráinas
This long awaited visit has cemented the long standing relations that have always existed between the Kingdom of Lesotho and Ireland which date as far back as the 1970s. During lunch with His Majesty’s delegation, President Higgins stated that “the relationship between Ireland and Lesotho has evolved through many phases. In the past, the missionary connection was extensive…Ireland's official development cooperation programme in Lesotho was our first official programme of assistance and it began in 1975. Its genesis was a meeting of our then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Garret FitzGerald, who later became Prime Minister, and his counterpart from Lesotho”.
Thier Majesties, Honourable Minister Mrs Ramaili and HE. Mr. Phamotse at the reception
25 May, 2012