Bilateral Relations with Lesotho
Women transporting goods
Diplomatic relations between Germany and Lesotho were established in 1966. Bilateral relations are close and based on trust, and there are frequent close consultations between the two countries in international bodies.
For many years, bilateral relations with Lesotho were largely dominated by German development cooperation.
Even after the closure of the German Embassy in Maseru in 1994, Lesotho maintained its embassy in Bonn and then in Berlin.
At the beginning of 2005, Germany and France opened a joint consular office in the Alliance Française building in Maseru.
On 9 June 2008, Lesotho’s Foreign Minister Tsekoa was in Berlin for political talks. A highlight in bilateral relations was the private visit to Germany by Queen Masenate from June 21 to July 2, 2008.
A small delegation from the German Embassy visited Lesotho from the 12th-14th of March. Meeting with NGO´s that have been supported through the German Embassies microfunding was one of the key purposes of this visit. Additionally potential future beneficiaries were consulted to get a clearer picture of where Germany could offer support to other NGO´s.
NGO´s in Lesotho
On August 27, the German-French Cecile Verny Quartet performed in front of roughly 300 guests. Amongst them was King Letsie III and his wife, the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane and dignitaries from Foreign Missions to Lesotho. The renowned jazz ensemble performed their songs in the 'mountain kingdom' as part of their "Keep Some Secrets Within" tour.
Cécile Verny Quartet in Maseru
On December 1, 2010, Chargé d'Affaires of the German Embassy to South Africa, Ingo Herbert, and High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho to South Africa, Mrs. Matlotliso Lineo Ntoane, signed a government agreement for a financial contribution to an infrastructure improvement programme for local government worth 6.5 million Euro.
Financial cooperation agreement