President Mwanawasa has sent a congratulatory message to his Nigerian counterpart, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, on the occassion to mark that country’s National Day.

President Mwanawasa said Zambia is happy with efforts that Nigeria is making in
consolidating democracy in that country.

This is contained in a statement signed by Special Assistant to the President for
Press and Public Relations, John Mususkuma, made available to ZANIS today.

Mr. Mwanawasa acknowledged the warm bilateral relations between Zambia and Nigeria and reiterated Zambia’s desire to further strengthen the ties for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.

“As we join you in commemorating this joyous occassion, Zambia commends your efforts
in consolidating democracy in your great country. We acknowlege the warm brotherly
relations that exist between our countries and reiterate our desire  to further
enhance these relations for the mutual benefit of our two countries,” read part of
the statement.

The president also sent messages of congratulation to his counterparts in Mali,
Guinea Bissau, Malta and Armenia on the occassions to mark their countries National
Day.

Mr. Mwanawasa indicated to his Malian counterpart, Amadou Toumani Toure, that Zambia is happy with success scored by that country’s government in the area of good
governance.

“I seize this opportunity to commend you and your Government’s efforts in scoring
successes in the area of good governance. I look forward to strengthening further
our warm relations for the mutual benefit of our two countries,” added the
statement.

In his message to Guniea Bissau President, Joae Bernardo Vieira, Mr Mwanawasa said
Zambia and Guinea Bissau have over the years enjoyed cordial relations,  which
should be strengthened further as the African continent forges ahead to foster
unity.

And Mr. Mwanawasa has also congratulated Turkey President-elect, Abdullah Gul, for
emerging winner of that country’s August 28 2007, presidential elections.

“On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia, I wish to
express my sincere congratulations on your election to the high office of President
of the Republic of Turkey on 28th August, 2007. I wish you every success as you
assume the reigns of leadership,” said the statement in part.

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