Pohamba conferred Senegal’s highest order

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba was on Saturday conferred with the ‘Grand Cross of the National Order of the Lion’ in Dakar, Senegal.

This is the highest national order which Senegalese President Macky Sall can confer on a visiting Head of State.

Pohamba received the honour during his three-day state visit to that country, where he was also the guest of honour at the 54th anniversary of Senegal’s Independence on 04 April 2014.

According to a joint communique issued at the end of the three-day state visit, the honour was conferred to Pohamba in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the struggle for African unity and the rejuvenation of the continent.

In order to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, the communique indicated that President Pohamba informed President Sall that a Namibian diplomatic mission at the level of ambassador will be opened in Dakar during 2014.

The two Heads of State gave directives to their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs to start preparations for the holding of the inaugural Session of the Joint Commission on Cooperation to be held during the second half 2015 in Dakar, Senegal.

The Namibian President commended Sall for his leadership as the Head of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and his efforts for the interconnection of African states through infrastructure development, which is key to boosting intra-African trade and strengthening regional integration.

Sall hailed the outstanding contributions of President Pohamba to the struggle for African unity and the rejuvenation of the continent.

Addressing peace and security issues, the two Heads of States expressed their deep concerns about the resurgence of crises and conflicts in some areas of the continent, as well as escalation of terrorism in the Sahel-Saharan region, as well as other parts of Africa.

Pohamba and his entourage returned home on Saturday.