Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said government cherishes the excellent long standing and cordial relations with the EU of ensuring that good democratic principles and governance are adhered to.
Mr. Kabala reaffirmed government’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relationship with the EU based on mutuality, trust and respect.
The Minister said this when he met an advance delegation from the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) Team to Zambia.
The advance team of the EU Election Observation Mission is in the country to carry out feasibility assessment for deployment of its election observers ahead of the 2016 presidential and general elections.
The team is also scheduled to meet various stakeholders including the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and political parties among others.
And Mr. Kalaba thanked the EU for taking part in the election observation missions in Zambia over the years.
Mr. Kalaba reaffirmed government’s desire to abide by the electoral regulations to ensure free and fair elections.
And EU Ambassador to Zambia Alessandro Mariani said the EU stands ready to engage in productive meetings with government ahead of the August 2016 general elections.
Mr. Mariani reaffirmed the EU’s continued support to Zambia in all areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.