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Joint Security Committee Meeting Held at Chinese Embassy in Lesotho

On December 13 2017, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China held the Joint Security Meeting with the relevant departments of Lesotho government and representatives of Chinese communities and enterprises in Lesotho, and exchanged ideas on the current public security situation and the safety of Chinese communities and enterprises. Mr. Song Changqing, Political Counsellor , Mr. Lu Hanbin, Director of Consular Affairs Office of the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Matete Nena, Director of Asia-Pacific Rim of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Commissioner of Dispol Maseru Central District and senior police officers, officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and representatives from Chinese communities and enterprises including the Chinese Community and Security Co-operation Centre (CCSCC) attended the meeting.

Maseru District Police briefed at the meeting on the recent public security situation and anti-crime measures taken, responded to the concerns raised by Chinese communities and made suggestions on preventing crimes during Christmas and New Year time. The participants also exchanged ideas on security issues such as strengthening control of weapons, ensuring effective punishment of criminals and more effective ways to prevent and fight against crimes targeting at Chinese.

Counsellor Song Changqing spoke highly of the mechanism of the Joint Security Meeting and its outcomes this year. He expressed appreciation to the Lesotho Government for its efforts of protecting Chinese in Lesotho. He pointed out that as one of the major foreigners' communities in Lesotho, the Chinese community made positive contribution to the economic and social development of Lesotho, and looked forward to closer cooperation between the Lesotho police and Chinese communities to combat crimes and create a safer environment of living and investing for the Chinese communities and enterprises.

Director Nena indicated that the deepening of the Lesotho-China friendly relations was one of the priorities of Lesotho foreign policies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Lesotho Mounted Police and other related departments attached great importance to safeguarding safety of Chinese communities and enterprises, and would keep close cooperation with the Chinese side to effectively protect the safety and legal interests of the Chinese communities and enterprises.

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