Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander Lieutenant General Eric Chimese is in New York where he has held high-level meetings with UN Under-Secretary General for peacekeeping Operations His Excellency Mr. Hervé Ladsous, and military advisers of US, UK and Italy.
This is according to the statement issued yesterday by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Permanent Missions of Zambia to UN, Mr Chibaula Silwamba
Lt. Gen. Chimese and Mr. Ladsous discussed various issues of mutual interest to Zambia and the UN, mainly focusing on the promotion and protection of international peace and security.
The duo discussed Zambia’s continued support to UN peacekeeping operations.
Lt. Gen. Chimese renewed Zambia’s commitment to continue contributing to the UN’s efforts to prevent conflicts, and maintain peace.
Zambia’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the UN Her Excellency Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota attended the meeting.
The Air Commander also held talks with the Chief of Aircraft Management and Contracts Unit in the Department of Field Support of the UN.
Zambia is a long-time troop and police contributing country to UN’s peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations.
Lt. Gen. Chimese held talks with the Permanent Representative of The Netherlands to the United Nations His Excellency Karel van Oosterom on strengthening bilateral ties, partnerships and capacity building between the two countries.
The ZAF Commander separately met Military Advisers of the Permanent Missions of the United States of America, United Kingdom and Italy to the United Nations. The discussions also focused on strengthening bilateral relations, partnerships and capacity building.
ZAF Legal Counsel Brigadier General Jonathan Chola Makanta, Zambia UN Mission Military Adviser Brigadier General Erick Mwewa and Defence Attaché at Zambia Embassy to the US Brigadier General Henry Mukuka, among others, accompanied the Air Commander to the meetings.
Addressing Zambia UN Mission diplomatic staff on Wednesday, the ZAF Commander commended Ambassador Kasese-Bota and her staff for their sterling work in representing Zambia at the UN.
He thanked the diplomatic staff for their contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security.
The ZAF Commander assured that the security situation in Zambia was stable, secure and peaceful.
Lt. Gen. Chimese called on Zambians at home and abroad to be patriotic, and positively speak about the country wherever they are.
The ZAF Chief said the Zambian economy was improving, and urged all compatriots to participate in its further growth.
Ambassador Dr Kasese-Bota commended the ZAF Commander, and all men and women in uniform for keeping Zambia safe.
The Ambassador commended the role that Zambia plays in maintaining international peace and security, in line with the United Nations Charter.