Maseru – The presence of the European Union EU Ambassador to Lesotho is as significant as it was during trials and tribulations of Lesotho.
Speaking at an event in which the country bid farewell to the EU Ambassador to Lesotho, Dr. Michael Doyle, Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Monyane Moleleki said government appreciates his efforts as he always went an extra mile to work towards achieving peace, stability and progress in this country.
He highlighted that during his leadership, the EU has ensured that more Basotho are connected to water and energy issues, and hopes Dr. Doyle has instilled his principles and professionalism within the EU so that it can continue serving Basotho well even during his absence.
Honourable Moleleki added that the EU Ambassador will be greatly missed, noting that over the years Lesotho and Ireland, which is the Ambassador’s home country, had continued to seal their relationship through a number of activities.
At the same occasion, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Honourable Halebonoe Sets’abi said Dr. Doyle was a self-driven and seasoned Ambassador, who always executed his duties with utmost professionalism.
Honourable Sets’abi added that the EU supported Lesotho financially over years, singling out the recent signing of an amendment of financing agreement between the EU and Lesotho amounting to 25 Million Maloti for the Strengthening Governance of Social Protection in Lesotho Programme.
Dr. Doyle said he arrived in the country in September 2014, and at that time Lesotho was already in the midst of political crisis which has continued over the years, resulting in two elections which were commendably implemented by the Independent Electoral Commission.
Dr. Doyle highlighted that during the election process, he was engaged in many dialogues which gave him great responsibility, and emphasised the EU’s commitment to continue assisting Lesotho to support poverty reduction through economic growth and better provision of basic services.
He has served as the EU Ambassador to Lesotho for three years, and his successor is expected to arrive in the country this week.