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1820-130 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4
Canada
Tel: + 1-613-234-0770
Fax: +1-613-234-5665
 

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LESOTHO-CANADA RELATIONS


Lesotho’s relations with Canada date back to 1966 with Lesotho’s independence from Britain. However, even prior to this time, Lesotho enjoyed exchanges with Canada, most notably within the Roman Catholic Church. These strong relations within the Christian Fraternity continue to this day.

Lesotho’s first High Commissioner presented his credentials in Ottawa in 1967 and represented Lesotho on a non-resident basis from Washington D.C. Lesotho’s first resident High Commissioner arrived in Ottawa in 1976. Lesotho currently maintains a resident Mission in Ottawa with an Honorary Consul in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Since 1992, Canada’s High Commissioner to Lesotho has been resident in Pretoria, South Africa with Canada continuing to maintain an Honorary Consul in Maseru. Since that time, Lesotho has not been a core country for bilateral Canadian Official Development Assistance.

In June 2003, Lesotho and Canada signed a Memorandum Of Agreement providing Lesotho preferred access to the Canadian market under Canada’s Market Access Initiative for Least Developed Countries. In the same year, Lesotho exported C$8.9 million worth of textiles to Canada, while Canada exported C$0.35 million in goods to Lesotho. Lesotho and Canada have a friendly and productive relationship particularly within the framework of the Commonwealth.

 

 
 
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