Botswana urges SADC, AU to condemn Trump for calling African Countries “Shithole”

Ian Khama, President of Botswana
Ian Khama, President of Botswana


THE government of Botswana has urged African countries to strongly condemn the statement by President Donald Trump of United States of America that African countries are “shithole”.

Also, the ministry of information affairs and corporation in Botswana, has informed the public and the international community that “the Government of Botswana, today summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by the President of the US, Donald Trump, when he referred to African countries and others as ‘shithole countries’ during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Thursday, 11 January 2018.

A press release made available to Realnews today stated that “The Botswana government has also enquired from the US Government through the Ambassador to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a ‘shithole country’ given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US, and also that some of Botswana may wish to visit the US.”

“Botswana has accepted US citizens within her borders over the years and continues to host US guests and senior government officials, including a Congressional delegation that will come to Botswana at the end of this month; that is why we view the utterances by the current American President as highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist,” it said.

“Botswana calls on SADC, the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump,” the release said.


– Jan. 12, 2018 @ 17:12 GMT |




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