Commemoration of the 50 th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty [fr]
The Embassy of France and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany jointly organized, on 22nd January, at the Alliance Française of Gaborone a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty.
Honour Guest of the ceremony, Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, Minister of Presidential affairs and of Public administration and Minister ad interim of Foreign affairs and International cooperation, gave the opening speech in which he underlined the importance of the Franco-German relationship for peace and stability, in Europe and in the World. Then, Mrs. Annet Günter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Gilles Roussey, chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of France took the floor and highlighted the exceptional character of the act that was laid down on 22nd January 1963 by Général de Gaulle and Kanzler Konrad Adenauer, and that inaugurated an unprecedented cooperation between the two states, and paved the way to the construction of a pacified Europe.
The members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the authorities of Botswana, and numerous French and German citizens attended the ceremony and could discover the exhibition untitled “Germany and France, 50 years of friendship and cooperation”, kindly provided by the Centre of Information on Germany (CIDAL) of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Paris, and that retraced half a century of relations between France and Germany.
The exhibition will be on display at the Alliance Française de Gaborone until Saturday 2nd February 2013. Schools and groups visits of the exhibition will be proposed.