Remarks by Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales at the U.S. Independence Day Reception 2019, Maseru, Lesotho

Bo-‘Me le Bo-Ntate Good afternoon and welcome to all of you.   Before I begin, please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable the Prime Minister Honorable President of the Senate Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Acting Chief Justice Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Honorable ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency Grant Signing With OnePower: American Corner Maseru, May 23, 2019

Good morning. Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable the Prime Minister The President of the Senate The Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Acting Chief Justice Honorable Members of his Majesty’s Cabinet, notably, the Honorable Minister of Energy Senior ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales at the St. Philomena School Building Handover: Setibing, Maseru District, May 15, 2019

Good morning. Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable the Prime Minister The President of the Senate The Speaker of the National Assembly Honorable Ministers (especially the Minister of Education and Training Professor Rapapa and Minister of Energy and Meteorology Au) Honorable ... Read More»

Remarks by Rebecca Gonzales at the Bocheletsana School Opening: Mantsonyane, Thaba-Tseka District, April 25, 2019

Good morning. Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable the Prime Minister The President of the Senate The Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Honorable Members of his Majesty’s Cabinet. Their Excellencies Heads of Diplomatic Missions & International ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales on Compact Development Grant Agreement Signing Ceremony: February 20, 2019

Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: Good morning. Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable the Prime Minister The President of the Senate The Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Honorable Members ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales On International Anti-Corruption Day: December 7, 2018

Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable the Prime Minister The Honorable President of the Senate The Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Acting Chief Justice The Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Members of his Majesty’s Cabinet His Lordship ... Read More»

U.S. invests $5.7 million to help Lesotho towards MCC Compact II development

Ambassador Rebecca E. Gonzales and the Minister of Finance Dr. Moeketsi Majoro announced the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact Development Grant Agreement worth $5.78 million marking a critical milestone in the development of a second compact with the Lesotho Government. The Compact Development Grant Agreement makes funds available to the Government of Lesotho to develop ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rebecca E. Gonzales on World AIDS Day 2018: December 14, 2018 at Manthabiseng Convention Center

Good morning. Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable the Prime Minister The President of the Senate The Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Honorable Members of his Majesty’s Cabinet, particularly the Minister of Health, Their Excellencies Heads ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps Celebrates 50 Years of Friendship with the Basotho People

The United States Government celebrated 50 years of friendship and collaboration between the Peace Corps and the Basotho people at Thaba-Bosiu, December 12, 2018. A high-levelA delegation from the Peace Corps Headquarters led by Meredith Giordano, Deputy Director of Global Operations, visited Lesotho this week to participate in the commemoration, in partnership with the Government of Lesotho. Their ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy, Maseru, Lesotho

Events: Thursday, October 25:  Mo Afrika FM radio station will hold a procession from the Pope’s Field along John Paul Road via Katlehong to Moshoeshoe Statue commencing at 09:00 A. M.  Police will lead the procession.  The participants will be expected to disperse at 15:00 P.M. Friday, October 26:  A group identified as “Concerned Basotho” will hold a ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Kofi Annan Road in the Thetsane Industrial area and Moshoeshoe Event: Due to unresolved wage disputes, workers who were due to report to work this morning have instead lined the streets leading through to the Thetsane factories.  There have been reports of resumed protesting in the Thetsane Industrial region.  There have been reports of shots ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Moshoeshoe Road, Cathedral Circle, Main South 1, and Thetsane Industrial area Event:  Due to additional reports of protests and unpredictable movement, US Embassy Maseru has decided to go to reduced staff and has permitted liberal leave for Embassy employees.  In light of reports that additional protestors plan to re-assert their grievances to the high ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Moshoeshoe Road, Cathedral Circle, and Thetsane Industrial area Event:  Protests escalating in what started in the Thetsane Industrial area last night where Police and military were present in the area.   Shots were fired in this area.   Protests have restarted and another group has gathered by the Polytechnic Institute heading south to Sefika Shopping Center. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Kofi Anan at the Thetsane Industrial Area (near the portion of Kofi Anan Road before the circle at the Puma garage) Event:  Security Unlimited has reported that workers’ union protests from last week have been reignited due to remaining unsettled disputes. There have been confirmed reports of stones being thrown into the road by ... Read More»

Remarks By Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales at the 242nd U.S. Independence Day Reception

Bo ‘Me le Bo ‘Ntate Good afternoon and welcome to all of you. Before I begin, please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable the Prime Minister Honorable President of the Senate Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Honorable ... Read More»

Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales: Introducing Visiting HIV/AIDS Speaker Phill Wilson

Ambassador Gonzales: Introducing Phill Wilson at Bereng High School in Mafeteng: April 17, 2018 Please let me begin by thanking the District Administrator, the District Health Management Team, the Principals of Bereng and Masentle high schools, the teachers and students, Bo-‘M’e le Bo-Ntate. It is so great to see all of you on my very ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales: HIV Situation Room Launch – May 8, 2018

Good morning. Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Honorable Acting Prime Minister The President of the Senate The Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Honorable Members of his Majesty’s Cabinet Their Excellencies Heads of Diplomatic Missions & International Organizations ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Ladybrand, South Africa. Event:  A planned protest in Ladybrand is scheduled for May 24, 2018.  Although, the exact location and timing is not known at this time, this protest has the potential of becoming violent based on previous experiences with similar protests in the past. An official notice has been sent to Ladybrand residents ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Rustenburg, Swartuggens, and Zeerust in North West Province Event:  The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens of ongoing protest activity in North West Province, specifically near the towns of Zeerust, Swartruggens and Rustenburg along the N4 highway.  Roads in the area have been blocked with stones and burning tires.  Residents in these ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location: Maseru Bridge Border Crossing and Sesoto National Stadium Event: The Embassy has received information from the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and from local media reports stating that Maseru Bridge Border crossing will be closed on Monday April 2 due to protest by Lesotho taxi companies. There are reports that South African border officials ... Read More»

Millennium Challenge Corporation Visits Lesotho to Discuss New Compact Development

From February 12 – 14, 2018, a delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) , comprised of Kyeh Kim, Principal Deputy Vice President, Africa ; Tom Kelly, Acting Vice President, Department of Policy and Evaluation; and Jason Small, Managing Director, Africa, visited Lesotho to discuss the development of an MCC compact to reduce poverty and promote economic growth in partnership with the Government of ... Read More»

MCC Board Votes to Reselect Lesotho

On December 19, the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) met in Washington, DC.  Following the meeting, Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash spoke to Prime Minister Thabane to advise him of the Board’s decision to reselect Lesotho, after a two-year hiatus.  The Board recognized the concrete steps taken by the Government of Lesotho over ... Read More»

Peace Corps swears in 54 New Volunteers

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Chargé d’Affairés Daniel S. Katz swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers during a ceremony held at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village in Maseru. The Peace Corps is the U.S. government’s volunteer organization, which sends Americans to developing countries to help build the skill capacity among host country nationals, ... Read More»

Messages for U.S. Citizens From U.S. Mission South Africa

The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced plans to embark upon a national strike on September 27, 2017 over State Capture and corruption. Planned deployments are outlined below. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media prior to travel, avoid any reported conflict ... Read More»

Ambassador Harrington inaugurates New LNC Headquarters

At as ceremony held in Maseru, Thursday, September 14, Ambassador Matthew Harrington together with the Seputy Minister of Health ‘Manthabiseng Phohleli officially opened the new Lesotho Nursing Council Headquarters in Maseru, where they also launched the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision/Early Infant Medical Circumcision (VMMC/EIMC) task-sharing for nurses and midwives. In an effort to strengthen the ... Read More»

National Survey Shows Lesotho’s Remarkable Progress toward HIV Epidemic Control

On Thursday, September 21, the Right Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane will announce the results of the Lesotho Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA) survey at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.  LePHIA was conducted from November 2016 to May 2017 in order to measure the reach and impact ... Read More»

New Molecular Diagnostic Lab Launched in Hlotse

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and the Minister of Health Mr. Kaya Nyapane officially launched the $180,000 refurbished Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Motebang Hospital in Leribe, September 12, 2017. This lab will help provide viral load monitoring for people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and early diagnosis of infants exposed to HIV. This will contribute to the ... Read More»

$140,000 Awarded to Basotho Organizations To Fight HIV/AIDS

Ambassador Matthew Harrington awarded ten local organizations with grants totaling $140,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event in Maseru, August 15, 2017. These small grants are funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and support community-initiated projects that aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities throughout Lesotho affected by HIV/AIDS. Groups use these funds for income-generation projects and community-based HIV/AIDS health ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Robberies of Passengers from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport

By U.S. Mission to South Africa The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution when arranging ground transportation from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to hotels, guest houses, and residences.  Numerous U.S. citizens and other travelers have been robbed at gun point while traveling from OR Tambo International Airport to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matthew Harrington on the U.S. Independence Day Celebration; June 29, 2017

Khotsong, Bo ‘Me le Bo ‘Ntate Welcome to all of you.  I am honored that you were able to join us for this celebration. Before I begin, please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable the Prime Minister and the First Lady Honorable President of the Senate Honorable ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Maseru Celebrates 241st anniversary of United States’ Independence

On June 29, 2017, we celebrated the 241st anniversary of United States’ Independence in Maseru with our Basotho friends, colleagues, and government partners. Addressing the guests, Ambassador Matthew Harrington congratulated Basotho on peaceful and credible election and said he was “optimistic that Basotho from all walks of life – politicians, representatives of civil society, business ... Read More»

Ambassador Harrington Inaugurates New Primary School Classrooms in Thaba-Tseka

Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington inaugurated a block of two classrooms at Ranthoto Primary School in Thaba-Tseka District on June 5, 2017. The classrooms were constructed with a grant of $8,318 (approximately M115,500) from  the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund and will provide additional instructional space for approximately 200 students. At the inauguration, Ambassador Harrington said, “The substantial U.S. support ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Workshop for 40 Journalists on the Media’s Role in Peaceful Elections

Underscoring the U.S. government’s support for free and fair elections in Lesotho, the U.S. Embassy hosted a three-day workshop for journalists focusing on the crucial role the media play in ensuring elections are peaceful and credible. U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and Commissioner Makase Nyaphisi of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) opened the workshop for 40 ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Elections Scheduled for June 3

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that Lesotho will hold a snap election on June 3.  The campaign period is already underway, marked by frequent political gatherings and rallies natiowide.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in ... Read More»

Remarks: Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Pelletreau at Lesotho Premier of the TB Film – The Lucky Specials

Please allow me to begin today by first paying my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable the Prime Minister The Honorable Minister of Health Honorable Members of his Majesty’s Cabinet Their Excellencies Heads of Diplomatic Missions and UN Agencies Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you all for joining us today ... Read More»

Remarks: Ambassador Mathew Harrington at Lesotho Defence Force Official TB Clinic Handover Ceremony

  His Majesty, King Letsie III, The Right Honorable, the Prime Minister, The Honorable Minister of Defense and National Security, The Honorable Minister of Health Commander of the Lesotho Defense Force, Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today for the dedication of the TB Medical Clinic.  I had the pleasure ... Read More»

MCC Representatives Visit Lesotho

Christopher Maloney, Managing Director of Selection and Eligibility and Jason Small, Managing Director for Operations in Africa at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), visited Lesotho February 26-28, 2017. During their visit they met with government representatives, including Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, as well as representatives of the opposition, the diplomatic community, and civil society. This ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commemorates World TB Day

In commemoration of World TB Day 2017, Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Pelletreau, together with officials from the Ministry of Health, attended the Lesotho premier of TheLucky Specials, a feature film designed to both entertain audiences and to educate them about tuberculosis (TB). The film was created with the support of the United States Government ... Read More»

U.S. Hands Over State-of-the-Art TB Clinic at Army Facility

United States Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington officially handed over at Makoanyane Barracks a newly-constructed health clinic dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB). This $1.4 million state-of-the-art facility will help the Lesotho Defense Force provide high quality TB services to uniformed personnel and their families as an element of the longstanding support given by the ... Read More»

United States Provides $14.1 million in Drought Relief

on February 13, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington visited the community of Ha-Ntsoakele in Leribe District to highlight the more than $14.1 million (M185 million) in U.S. Government drought relief assistance to Lesotho.  During his visit, Ambassador Harrington met with community members working together to improve sustainable agriculture by combating soil erosion who also ... Read More»

Ambassador Harrington Visits Drought relief Site

Ambassador Matthew Harrington visited a site where food commodities were being donated through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to respond to the drought experienced by Lesotho in 2015. The country went thought one of the worst dry spells in many years leading to Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili declaring a state of emergency, ... Read More»

Remarks By Ambassador Matthew Harrington At Peace Corps Swearing In Ceremony

Khotsong, Bo ‘M’e le Bo ‘Ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable, the Prime Minister Honorable Members of Cabinet The Honorable Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation, Mr. Mathibeli Mokhothu The Honorable Minister of Education and Training, Mr. Motlalentoa Letsosa Honorable Members of Parliament ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps Swears in 57 New Volunteers

Today United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  The Peace Corps is the United States government agency that sends Americans to developing countries to help build their skills capacity and form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy ... Read More»

Expected Political March/Rally

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru informs U.S. citizens that the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and local media reports indicate that a march and rally will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The LMPS have granted permission for this demonstration, with an anticipated start time of 9:00 a.m. The procession will start from Setsoto ... Read More»

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Florie Liser visited Lesotho November 9-10, 2016 to recognize 50 years of bilateral partnership.  During her visit she met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane and Minister of Trade and Industry Joshua Setipa, with whom she discussed the longstanding bilateral partnership, Lesotho’s success to date under the African ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matthew Harrington at the National Launch of the Lesotho Population Based HIV Impact Assessment:

Khotsong, bo ‘me le bo ‘ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III; Her Majesty Queen Masenate The Right Honorable the Prime Minister Honorable Ministers of Cabinet; particularly the Minister of Health who is with us today; Principal Chief, Morena Theko Members of the diplomatic corps and UN agencies ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Lesotho HIV Impact Survey

In a ceremony held at the Pitso ground in Maseru, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington joined Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso and the Minister of Health Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane to launch the Lesotho Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA) Survey. This survey will measure the reach and impact of the country’s HIV prevention, care and treatment ... Read More»

Senior U.S. Official Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield visited Lesotho November 1-2, 2016 to recognize 50 years of bilateral partnership.  During her visit she met with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, with whom she discussed the current political environment, continuing concerns over the rule of law in Lesotho, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matt Harrington Young African Leaders Initiative Welcome Reception

Khotsong bo-‘m’e le bo-ntate and welcome. Thank you for joining us this evening. Before we proceed, I would like to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III, The Right Honorable the Prime Minister, Members of His Majesty’s Cabinet, in particular those who have joined us here this evening, Her Ladyship, the Chief Justice, ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: Lesotho National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the 50th anniversary of your nation’s independence. The United States deeply values its friendship with Lesotho. Together, our two nations have worked hard to promote economic progress, strengthen democratic institutions, and turn the tide in the ... Read More»

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Is Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Fellowships

The U.S. Embassy announces the opening of the application period for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Applications will be accepted online through October 26, 2016.  The application is internet based and available at yali.state.gov . The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and ... Read More»

Award-Winning U.S. Singer/Songwriter Visits Lesotho to Celebrate 50 Years of Partnership

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru is delighted to host award-winning American singer/songwriter Maya Azucena and her band from September 19-24 to help celebrate 50 years of partnership between United States and Lesotho. During their visit to the Mountain Kingdom they will collaborate with local musical artists, conduct master classes for singers and musicians, and perform ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington

as prepared for delivery for the Site Visit to the Mafeteng Hospital for the Launch of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory Khotsong bo-‘m’e le bo-ntate and welcome. Before we start please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty, King Letsie III, The Right Honorable, the Prime Minister, Members of His Majesty’s Cabinet, Honorable Minister of ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Viral Load Testing in Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, and Quthing

In a ceremony held at the Mafeteng Government Hospital, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and Minister of Health Dr. Molotsi Monyamane launched the new Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory that will provide viral load monitoring of people on antiretroviral treatment and early diagnosis of HIV exposed infants. The newly-established laboratory will support the three southern districts of Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing increasing ... Read More»

U.S. HIV/AIDS Activist Visits Lesotho with a Message of Openness and Hope

The U.S Embassy in Maseru is delighted to host American HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent in Lesotho from September 6-10, 2016. During her visit to the Mountain Kingdom, Ms. Broadbent will meet with a wide variety of Basotho including HIV/AIDS activists, legal advocates, Ministry of Health representatives, and young people. The Embassy is pleased to partner on Ms. ... Read More»

United States Concerned Over Escalating Press Intimidation in Lesotho

Press Statement Elizabeth Trudeau Director, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC The United States is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the July 9 shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor Lloyd Mutungamiri. Journalists in Lesotho have expressed concern for their safety in the current climate of harassment and intimidation. We ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Haskell as Prepared for Delivery American Corner Dedication Ceremony

10:30 am, American Corner, Maseru, Lesotho Thank you Matt and good afternoon everyone. I am delighted to be here today to dedicate the American Corner in Maseru, which focuses on bringing new technologies and digital content to young entrepreneurs, students and leaders. On behalf of my colleagues from the State Department in Washington, I am ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington at the Launch of the Lesotho National Ecosystem Framework

Delivered at the Avani Lesotho Hotel Honorable Minister of Water Affairs Lincoln Mokose; Honorable Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation Kabelo Mafura; Distinguished guests, partners and friends; All protocol observed Good morning and welcome. It is a pleasure to join you here this morning for the official launch of the Lesotho National Ecosystem Framework.  This ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington on the Occasion of the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

Khotsong, Bo ‘Me le Bo ‘Ntate Welcome to all of you. I am delighted that you were able to join us for a celebration which is very special to Americans. Before I begin, please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable the Prime Minister Honorable President of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matt Harrington – Young African Leaders Initiative Press Conference

Khotsong bo-‘m’e le bo-ntate and welcome. Thank you for being here this today as we introduce this year’s 15 YALI Mandela Washington Fellows. Before we proceed, I would like to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III, The Right Honorable the Prime Minister, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for ... Read More»

Fifteen Basotho Young African Leaders Head to the U.S.

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington introduced this year’s fifteen participants from Lesotho for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. These fifteen Basotho young leaders will leave next week for six weeks of intensive leadership training, networking, and skills building at different universities across the United States. At the end of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matt Harrington as Prepared for Delivery: VMMC Winter Campaign Launch

Khotsong Bo-M’e le Bo-Ntate Please allow me to start by paying my respects to His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable, The Prime Minister The Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Members of His Majesty’s Cabinet, Including the Honorable Deputy Minister of Health, who is here with us today Honorable Members of Parliament The Principal ... Read More»

Senior U.S. Official Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southern Africa and Public Diplomacy Todd Haskell visited Lesotho June 7-9, 2016. During his visit he met with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, with whom he discussed the current political environment, the SADC Commission of Inquiry recommendations, and the annual eligibility review for ... Read More»

State-of-the-Art American Corner Opens at the State Library

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington, visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Africa and Public Diplomacy Todd Haskell, and Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture Likeleli Tampane officially launched the newly renovated, state-of-the-art American Corner. As part of the United States’ commitment to support the people of Lesotho and to promote mutual understanding between our ... Read More»

Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This information comes against the backdrop of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington at PEPFAR Small Grants Program Award Signing Ceremony

Delivered at U.S. Chief of Mission Residence, Maseru Khotsong bo-‘m’e le bo-ntate and welcome. Thank you for being here today for this special event.  I am delighted to be able to welcome all of you to my home. Before we proceed, I would like to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III, The ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Awards $142,000 to Basotho Community Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington awarded eight local organizations with grants totaling $142,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event today in Maseru. These small grants are funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and support community-initiated projects that aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities throughout Lesotho affected by HIV/AIDS. Groups ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington as Prepared for Delivery: Launch of the Blood Safety Information System

Delivered at Lesotho National Blood Transfusion Services Khotsong bo-‘m’e le bo-ntate and welcome. Before we start please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty, King Letsie III, The Right Honorable, the Prime Minister, Members of His Majesty’s Cabinet, Honorable Deputy Minister of Health, Principal Secretary of Health, Implementing Partners, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and ... Read More»

U.S. Supports New Information System to Improve Blood Safety in Lesotho

In a ceremony held at the Lesotho Blood Transfusion Services, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington launched the new Blood Safety Information System.  The system is designed to track information from the point of blood donation, through laboratory testing, processing, storage, and distribution, to use at local hospitals and other health facilities.  It strengthens the capacity of ... Read More»

Remarks By Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington at Motete Secondary School Classrooms Inauguration

Delivered at Motete Secondary School Lumelang bo-‘m’e le bo-ntate and welcome. Before we start please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable The Prime Minister Members of Parliament and Senate, Minister of Education Ms Mahali Phamotse Principal Chiefs Local Chief Members of the Community Council Senior Education Officer ... Read More»

Remarks By PEPFAR Lesotho Coordinator Reuben Haylett at the Launch of the Revised National ART Policy Guidelines: Test and Treat

Delivered at Senkatana Centre of Excellence, Maseru Khotsong, bo ‘me le bo ‘ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III; The Honorable Prime Minister; Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili Honorable President of the Senate; Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly; The Honorable Deputy Prime Minister And Leader Of The House; Her ... Read More»

Remarks By Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington at Woman of Courage Award Ceremony

Delivered at St. Camillus Centre, Mohale’s Hoek Khotsong, bo ‘me le bo ‘ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III; The Right Honorable the Prime Minister; Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili The Honorable Deputy Prime Minister; Honorable Ministers of Cabinet; The District Administrator for Mohale’s Hoek, Me Mosothoane; Me Mamorena, St. ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Awards the 2016 Woman of Courage

Today United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington had the honor of presenting Sister Juliana Manele of the St. Camillus Centre in Mohale’s Hoek with the 2016 Woman of Courage Award for Lesotho.  Sister Juliana received this award in recognition of her exceptional courage and leadership in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho.  Since 2002, ... Read More»

U.S. and Lesotho Sign Peace Corps Country Agreement

Today United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane signed an updated Peace Corps Country Agreement, replacing the previous agreement which had governed the presence of Peace Corps in Lesotho since 1967.  Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps in Lesotho. Many lives, both Basotho and American, have been ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates New Secondary School Classrooms in Butha Buthe

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington and Minister of Education Mahali Phamotse inaugurated a block of two classrooms at Motete Secondary School in Butha Buthe District.   The classrooms were constructed with a grant of $7,440 (approximately M84, 800) from the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund and will provide additional instructional space for approximately 180 students. ... Read More»

PEPFAR-Lesotho Coordinator Reuben delivered at the World TB Day 2016

Delivered at Maseru Central Correctional Facility, Maseru Let me pay my respects to, His Majesty King Letsie III; The Right Honorable the Prime Minister; Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili The Honorable Deputy Prime Minister; Honorable Ministers of Cabinet; in particular the Minister of Health Dr. Molotsi Monyane Distinguished Guests, Ladies, and Gentlemen; TB is the leading cause ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Drought Relief to Hardest Hit Areas

The United States Government will provide $50,000 (approximately M768,000) to improve access to safe drinking water and provide hygiene education in two of the districts hardest hit by the ongoing drought, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek. The donation comes in response to a State of Emergency declared by the Government of Lesotho requesting international support. These ... Read More»

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women’s Achievements and Investing in Their Future

By: Elizabeth Pelletreau, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Maseru International Women’s Day, March 8, is a time to celebrate the often-overlooked contributions of women around the world, to reflect on progress made towards equality, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring women and girls are valued, empowered, and given opportunities to succeed. The world has often overlooked ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution Update

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ... Read More»

Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt ... Read More»

MCC Representative Visits Lesotho

Beth Tritter, Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), visited Lesotho January 20-22, 2016. During her visit Ms. Tritter met with government representatives, including Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, as well as representatives of the opposition, the diplomatic community, civil society, ... Read More»

MCC Board Selects Five Countries for MCC Partnerships

Renee Kelly 202-521-3880 New Compacts with Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo and Senegal, and New Threshold Programs with Sri Lanka and Togo Washington, D.C., United States… The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Dec. 16, 2015. The Board approved three countries as eligible for compacts and two countries as eligible for threshold programs. ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps Swears in 36 New Volunteers

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, United States Ambassador, His Excellency Matthew Harrington swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  The Peace Corps is the United States government’s volunteer organization, which sends Americans to developing countries to help build capacity among host country nationals, as well as form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States ... Read More»

U.S. Expert Visits Lesotho to Empower Basotho Women Leaders

American expert on women’s leadership and political participation, Jessica Grounds, visited Lesotho from December 7-10, 2015. During her visit she met with Basotho women from government, business, and health to empower them as leaders and to encourage more women to run for elected office. She spoke to women and conducted workshops in Maseru, Mafeteng, and ... Read More»

Global HIV/AIDS Director Visits Lesotho

Dr. Shannon Hader, Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visited Lesotho on December 2 and 3, 2015. On this her first visit to Lesotho, Dr. Hader met with government representatives, including Minister of Health Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane, and local and international stakeholders. This visit ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matthews T. Harrington: World Aids Day

Khotsong, bo ‘me le bo ‘ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty King Letsie III And Her Majesty Queen Masenate The Right Honorable, The Prime Minister Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly Honorable President of the Senate His Lordship the President of the Court of Appeal Her Ladyship the Chief Justice ... Read More»

Worldwide Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ... Read More»

Ambassador Harrington’s Opening Remarks at Investigative Journalism Workshop

Welcome and thank you all for being here today. It is exciting to see such strong interest in deepening and broadening your skills as journalists. I also want to thank Honorable Minister Khotso Letsatsi for joining us today. Honorable Minister, you and I have spoken about the challenges facing the media in Lesotho, and about ... Read More»

Visiting U.S. Journalist Helps Build Capacity of Lesotho Media

Underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to press freedom and its vital role in a democracy, the U.S. Embassy has partnered with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho to bring award-winning U.S. journalist Lucinda Fleeson to Lesotho for a week of trainings, lectures, and discussions with Basotho media practitioners. U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Elizabeth Pelletreau Op-Ed on UN International Day of the Girl Child

The United States is proud to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child with the people of Lesotho and our partners across the globe.  The United Nations established the day in 2011 to recognize girls’ rights and galvanize global commitments to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls.  This ... Read More»

When Girls Thrive, Nations Thrive

By: Matthew T. Harrington, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho The United States is proud to celebrate the International Day of the Girl with our partners across the globe.  The United Nations established the day in 2011 to recognize girls’ rights and galvanize global commitments to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic ... Read More»

Lesotho National Day Message

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama, I congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the 49th anniversary of your independence. Over the years Lesotho has made strides in letting the voices of its people be heard through the democratic process. The United States and Lesotho ... Read More»

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Is Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Fellowships

The U.S. Embassy announces the opening of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Applications are open and available online through November 11, 2015 at yali.state.gov . The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the United States’ commitment to invest in the future ... Read More»

Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day

Remarks by Ms. Elizabeth Pelletreau as prepared for delivery Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., of the United States of America in the Kingdom of Lesotho On the Occasion of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day His Majesty the King The Right Honorable the Prime Minister Honorable Minister Your Excellencies Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations Senior government ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington on the occasion of the 239th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

Khotsong, Bo ‘Me le Bo ‘Ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable the Prime Minister Honorable President of the Senate Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Ministers Their Lordships Judges of the High Court Their Excellencies ... Read More»

Remarks from Ambassador Matt Harrington – Peace Corps Swearing In Ceremony

Khotsong, Bo ‘Me le Bo ‘Ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable, the Prime Minister Honorable Members of Cabinet, in particular The Honorable Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation Distinguished Guests And, most importantly today, Peace Corps trainees I’d like to welcome you to this very ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps Swears in 23 New Volunteers

Today United States Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington swore-in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps Volunteers.  The Peace Corps is the United States government agency which sends Americans to developing countries to help build their skills capacity, as well as form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John ... Read More»

United States Concerned Over the Killing of Lesotho’s Former Army Commander

Press Statement John Kirby, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States is deeply concerned about the fatal shooting on June 25 of former Lesotho Defense Force Commander Maaparankoe Mahao and conveys our heartfelt condolences to his family. We urge the Government of Lesotho to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of Brigadier Mahao’s death and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Award Grants to Lesotho Schools and Training Centre

Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington today awarded to seven schools in Lesotho grants worth a total of $54,000 (approximately M655,000) at a signing ceremony at his residence. The grants are part of the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund which supports projects in Lesotho that improve the basic economic and social conditions of their communities. These grants are awarded once each year ... Read More»

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles Visits Lesotho

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles Gail Strickler visited Lesotho on June 16 to highlight the successful partnership between the United States and Lesotho under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and to see first-hand the impact of U.S. programs that support the textile industry and the overall economic development of the Kingdom.  During ... Read More»

Five Basotho Young African Leaders Are Headed to the U.S.

Today Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington introduced this year’s five participants from Lesotho for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. These five Basotho young leaders will leave next week for six weeks of intensive leadership training, networking, and skills building at different universities across the United States.  At the end of the six ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Department of State on Concerns about Security Sector Reform in Lesotho

Statement by Jeff Rathke, Director, Office of Press Relations  U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson The United States is concerned that no one has been held accountable for the August 2014 political unrest and violence between the military and police, yet the Government of Lesotho has reinstated one of the most polarizing figures ... Read More»

Ambassador Harrington’s Remarks for VMMC launch in Morija

Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable the Prime Minister Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Ministers of the Cabinet, particularly the Minister of Health who is with us here today. Other senior government officials Distinguished Guests Colleagues and Friends Bo-M’e le Bo-Ntate I am delighted to join ... Read More»

United States Government Funds New Medical Male Circumcision Project for Lesotho

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington launched a new medical male circumcision project for Lesotho under the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Through PEPFAR, the United States government has provided more than $225 million in bilateral support to help Lesotho combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The United States is a committed partner to Lesotho ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington’s Remarks at the Opening of Women in Resistance Month

Khotsong, Bo ‘Me le Bo ‘Ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: Her Majesty the Queen Director of Alliance Française Members of the Diplomatic Corps Distinguished Guests And, most importantly today, Basotho women and girls I am delighted to be a part of today’s ceremony and proud of the U.S. Embassy’s support for ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Matt Harrington: SSH Grant Classroom Opening Ceremony at Fika-La-Ts’oene Primary School

Lumelang bo-‘m’e le bo-ntate and welcome. Before we start please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable The Prime Minister Members of Parliament and Senate Principal Chiefs Local Chief Members of the Community Council Senior Education Officer ‘Mamalebanye Lerotholi Principal ‘Maletsie Ellen Shoaepane Teachers Distinguished guests Bo-‘m’e le ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates New Primary School Classroom in Mohale’s Hoek

Today U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington inaugurated a new classroom building at Fika-La-Ts’oene Primary School in Mohale’s Hoek District constructed with the support of the American people through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. Fika-La-Ts’oene Primary School’s project was one of eight projects selected this year from over 100 applications to receive a grant from ... Read More»

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence Against Foreign Nationals

The following message was sent out by Mission South Africa concerning the recent incidents of violence and protest in South Africa. The Embassy recommends that you stay abreast with the current news and updates within South Africa prior to traveling there. As always exercise good personal security and vigilance when traveling outside Maseru; avoid large ... Read More»

Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Lesotho to the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for February 28, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on March 21, 2015. As a result of a political and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Awards $150,000 to Basotho Community Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

U.S. Ambassador Matt Harrington awarded 11 local organizations with grants worth a total of $150,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event today in Maseru. Funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the PEPFAR Small Grants Program supports community-initiated projects which aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities in Lesotho affected ... Read More»

Security/Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shelter in Place

To the American Citizen Community: Confirmed gunfire exchange between LDF and a plain clothes LDF officer in Maseru near SADC Headquarters.  One confirmed injured LDF soldier.  The Embassy advises to shelter in place at your residence. The Embassy recommends to avoid the areas near the National Stadium, State House, SADC HQ, and Maseru Central when ... Read More»

Security/Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shelter in Place Lifted

The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens continue to shelter in place until 06:00 am tomorrow morning (February 2) at which time the recommendation will be lifted if there are no further developments. U.S. citizens are advised to remain vigilant about their personal safety and to avoid large crowds and demonstrations, particularly in the run up ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and UNDP Join Forces to Support IEC Voter Education Efforts

On January 22, U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington and United Nations Resident Coordinator Karla Robin Hershey visited a training-of-trainers workshop for IEC polling staff at Molengoane Lodge in Nazareth. This workshop is part of a series of training activities focused on voter education that are being jointly sponsored by the U.S. Government and UNDP. The ... Read More»

2015: An Opportunity for Lesotho to Move Forward

OpEd published in Public Eye on January 16, 2015. By: Matthew T. Harrington, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho “ Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people’s urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together. ”  With these remarks, Gerald Ford became President of the United States in August 1974 following a decade of war in Vietnam and two years of internal political turmoil.  Today, as Lesotho emerges ... Read More»

Remarks from Ambassador Matt Harrington Peace Corps Swearing In Ceremony

Khotsong, Bo ‘Me le Bo ‘Ntate Please allow me to pay my respects to: His Majesty the King The Right Honorable, the Prime Minister Honorable Members of Cabinet, in particular The Honorable Minister of Education Distinguished Guests And, most importantly today, Peace Corps trainees I’d like to welcome you to this very special occasion, the swearing-in ... Read More»

Peace Corps Education Program Swearing In Ceremony

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 United States Ambassador Matthew Harrington swore in Lesotho’s new group of Peace Corps volunteers.  The Peace Corps is a  volunteer organization, funded by the U.S. Government, that sends Americans to developing countries to help build skills capacity among host country nationals and form lasting cross-cultural relationships.  The United States Peace ... Read More»

Lesotho Re-Selected by MCC to Continue Developing Second Compact

The Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States government foreign aid agency, met in Washington, DC on December 10 and voted to reselect Lesotho to continue developing its second Compact. The MCC Board’s decision to re-select Lesotho was based on the country’s strong performance on the MCC scorecard, on which ... Read More»

Joint Statment from the United Nations, European Union, and United States Missions in Lesotho on the Signing of the Electoral Pledge

The United Nations, European Union, and United States Missions in Lesotho Welcome the Signing of the Electoral Pledge and the Memorandum of Understanding on Security Cooperation The United Nations, the European Union, and the United States diplomatic missions in Lesotho welcome the signing of the Lesotho Electoral Pledge and of the Memorandum of Understanding between ... Read More»

National Enquiry Point (NEP) Launched for Lesotho

In November 2014, the formal opening of the Lesothos’s first National Enquiry Point (NEP) took place. Under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement, member nations develop enquiry points to strengthen their legal and regulatory framework for standards in order to increase trade. Over the last 14 months, the USAID Southern ... Read More»

Remarks at World AIDS Day National Commemoration Event: Thaba Bosiu

His Majesty King Letsie III The Right Honorable, The Prime Minister Honorable Ministers of the Cabinet Honorable Members of Parliament Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen I am honored to address you all today at Lesotho’s national commemoration of World AIDS Day. On World AIDS Day, it is important ... Read More»

MOH Laboratory Information System Hand Over Ceremony at National Reference Laboratory

His Majesty, the King, The Right Honorable Prime Minister, Members of The Cabinet, Honorable Minister of Health, Principal Secretary of Health, Implementing Partners, Members of the Media, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, it is a distinct privilege to join you as the representative of the American people, who care deeply about the struggle of ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Visits the Kingdom of Lesotho

Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Shannon Smith visited Lesotho from November 1-3, 2014 to highlight the strong partnership between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Lesotho. During her visit she met with government officials, including the Prime Minister, Minister of Health, and acting Foreign Minister with whom she discussed the current ... Read More»

Scott School of Nursing Graduation

His Majesty the King, The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of International Organizations, Chairperson of the Council on Higher Education, Principal Secretary of Health, Our Health Partners, Representatives of international and local non-governmental organizations, Nurses and healthcare practitioners, Members of the media, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, ... Read More»

New U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Matthew T. Harrington, presented his credentials to King Letsie III at the royal palace today. Ambassador Harrington is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He was nominated by President Obama as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho in August 2013. He was confirmed by the U.S. ... Read More»

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Fellowships

U.S. Embassy Maseru announces the opening of the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Applications will be available online from October 7, 2014 to November 5, 2014 at youngafricanleaders.state.gov . The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the United States’ commitment to invest ... Read More»
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