Washington, DC, US - The US has said its partnership with Botswana in the fight against HIV/AIDS has made 'important strides', but that the battle is not over.
'Our shared fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over. But together, we have made important strides: those receiving an HIV positive diagnosis, who were once presumed to be facing an imminent death sentence, are now living satisfying, productive lives,' US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a message to Botswana on the occasion of its 47th independence anniversary on 30 Sept.
He reminded Botswana that the close friendship and partnership between the two countries are grounded in 'shared values and aspirations for a more peaceful, stable and prosperous world' and that their partnership is an investment in the future.
'It’s about promoting regional peace and stability, from South Sudan to Liberia. It's about protecting human rights in places like Zimbabwe and Syria. It’s about combating the scourge of wildlife poaching, and strengthening democratic governance and the rule of law.
'In the coming years, we look forward to deepening our strong cooperation to meet these shared challenges,' Mr. Kerry said, while wishing Botswana peace and prosperity in the year ahead.