First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Sunday described the visit to the country by First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Maesaiah Thabane,as historical and a sign of strong bilateral relations between the two governments.
Mutharika was speaking during a State dinner she hosted for Thabane at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Sunday.
She said she would use the opportunity to learn about Lesotho which is known as ‘The Kingdom in the Sky’ because of its beauty.
Said Mutharika: “Through this visit, we will learn more about how you are addressing environmental challenges in your country.”
Both Mutharika and Thabane are members of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV and Aids (Oafla).
Malawi is maintaining the Oafla agenda under the theme Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Youth-Friendly Health Services.
“We are engaging youths across the country to share lessons and experiences on sexual reproductive health,” Mutharika said.
In her remarks, Thabane said she and Mutharika would work out things to benefit people of the two countries.
“During my childhood and as a young girl, I recall that Lesotho and Malawi used to share many things such as maize, beans and other commodities when one of the two countries needed assistance,” she said.
While in the country, Thabane will visit some projects in Mchinji and Dedza districts.
During the dinner, Mutharika also acknowledged the support from Lesotho towards Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust, which seeks to keep Malawi beautiful and clean as well as to keep girls in school. n