Botswana’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, vowed on Monday to fully implement a 2019 court ruling decriminalising homosexuality, two months after losing an appeal that sought to overturn it. The AFP news agency reports that Masisi invited LGBT leaders to his office to reassure them that he would respect the court’s decision and protect their rights, explaining to them that practical political concerns had motivated the appeal, rather than any negative sentiment toward the community. Masisi said he also believed that the appeal had allowed Botswana’s people to fully debate the issue.