President Edgar Lungu has called for increased interaction between government and African members of the Diplomatic Corps in Zambia.
President Lungu said it is through increased interaction that Zambia and the diplomats’ respective countries can focus on building partnerships to strengthen trade and investment, promote opportunities across the continent and spur economic growth,.
Head of State disclosed that he had received requests from the Minister of Foreign Affairs that African diplomats have desired to meet him over some issues.
ZANIS reports that President Lungu has since urged the African diplomats to utilize the open door policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to increase on their interaction with government and the relevant institutions.
He also implored the diplomats to explore new areas of cooperation between Zambia and their respective countries as it will undoubtedly pave way for increased trade, meaningful economic and cultural corporation and enhance bilateral relations.
President Lungu said this when he met 21 African High Commissioners and Ambassadors accredited to Zambia at State house today.
The President assured the diplomats that Zambia remains committed to building a better Africa by promoting and maintaining peace, security and stability which is cardinal in effectively contributing to the development of the continent.
‘I look forward to constructive engagement with your respective heads of State at various fora , as well as more meaningfully at bilateral level” said President Lungu.
He said as his government embarks on the five year mandate to serve the Zambian people, it is imperative to evaluate bilateral relations and continue to engage other nations that share common aspirations and developmental agenda for the African Continent.
Meanwhile, President Lungu told the diplomats that he was humbled and appreciated the presence of some heads of States and representatives who graced his inauguration ceremony and the unwavering support rendered to the country before, during and after the August 11, 2016 general elections.
And in a vote of thanks, Malawi High Commissioner and Permanent Representative to COMESA David Bandawe said the diplomats will remain committed to fostering and strengthening the relations between Zambia and their countries.
Mr. Bandawe said the diplomats were looking for more interactions in order for them to exchange ideas for a better Africa.
The Malawian envoy commended Zambia for holding free, fair and credible elections during the just ended August polls.