French President François Hollande has extolled Zambia for leading the way in democracy, tolerance and freedom of expression in the August 11 general elections and hoped that the country will continue to be an example.
The French President called for continued dialogue with President Edgar Lungu on democracy, tolerance and freedom of expression and particularly at the Africa-France Summit scheduled to take place in Bamako, Mali in January 2017. President Hollande said he would be pleased if President Lungu participated in the Summit.
President Hollande assured of continued support to President Lungu and that Zambia can count on France as an active and committed partner for the country’s economic and social development.
In a message of congratulations to President Lungu on his re-election as President of the Republic of Zambia, President Hollande wished the President every success in achieving His goals of Zambia’s economic diversification and infrastructure development in particular, energy and transport sectors.
The French President expressed confidence that France and Zambia will continue to work together for Africa’s stability.
“On the occasion of your re-election as President of the Republic of Zambia, I am pleased to extend to you, on my own behalf and on behalf of the French people, my warmest congratulations and my very best wishes for the continuation of your mission,” President Hollande said.