PRESIDENT Lungu says Zambia will continue to aggressively pursue a foreign policy that will enhance economic co-operation and promote trade and investment.
Mr Lungu also said Zambia is “gravely” concerned by continued conflicts not only in Africa but world over because wars lead to loss of lives and resources meant for socio-economic development.
The President said this at State House in Lusaka yesterday when he met diplomats accredited to Zambia.
He said that his Government’s vision is based on the revised 2014 foreign policy which seeks values and principles that safeguard security and promote socio-economic and cultural interests.
“In this regard, Zambia will pursue strategic partnerships that will be in line with the country’s national interests, including attracting foreign direct investment in key economic areas,” he said.
President Lungu said Zambia will continue to play an active role in strengthening regional economic communities to encourage intra-Africa trade and promote fair multilateral economic agreements at global level.
Mr Lungu also said that Zambia bemoans the suffering experienced by citizens in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Syria and Ukraine.
He said matters of regional and continental integration are important and Zambia anticipates that significant progress will be made towards the integration of regional economic communities.
The President also said Zambia will continue to co-operate with the international community to tackle topical issues such as the United Nations reforms, climate change, human rights, terrorism, international peace and security, and piracy.
Dean of the diplomatic corps and Palestine ambassador to Zambia Attala Qubia said foreign missions accredited to Zambia will support President Lungu’s administration and help to achieve the aspirations of Zambians.