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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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