Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba poses for a photo with staff at the Zambian mission in Pretoria, South Africa
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba poses for a photo with staff at the Zambian mission in Pretoria, South Africa

Zambia will maintain bilateral ties with both Morocco and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as one of the ways through which to help promote cordial relations between the two countries.

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said that Zambia will, however, ensure that the interests of the country came first as the country pursued this position.

Mr. Kalaba has said that as a member of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, Zambia would like to use this as a vehicle that would see the two parties that have been locked in conflict over territorial control, engage in dialogue in order to find a solution to their differences.

This is in line with the Constitutive Act of the AU which stresses the need to resolve conflict through dialogue.

The Minister was speaking in Pretoria this morning when he addressed diplomatic staff at the Zambian High Commission.
And Mr. Kalaba has announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has begun work to establish a directorate that will coordinate provisions of the recently formulated Diaspora Policy.

He said Government was committed to ensuring that provisions of the policy were implemented so that Zambians living abroad could be assisted to invest back in their country of origin.

“We are putting up a framework to actualise the Diaspora Policy. This policy is intended to help Zambians living beyond the borders so that they can realize their dreams. It is intended to make the process smooth so that Zambians can find it easier to invest back home.”

“In fact the Diaspora Policy is married to the policy on dual citizenship. We want to make it easier for Zambians to buy land or start-up businesses in their country. National budgets for a number of other countries are financed by citizens living abroad who have decided not to keep their money in off-shore accounts but to invest back home.”

Mr. Kalaba said the directorate for the Diaspora Policy was expected to be operational by the end of this year.

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba with Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba with Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba
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  1. WAY TO GO! We DO NOT to go outside adopted frameworks for handling issues like this! We CAN GAIN SOMETHING FROM OUR RELATIONS WITH MOROCCO and STILL KEEP OUR GOOD NAME AS A PEACEFULL COUNTRY THAT FIGHTS COLONIALISM AND SUPPORT UN and AU RESOLUTIONS aimed at PROMOTING PEACE through dialogue!!

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  2. I FORESEE BIG PROBLEMS AHEAD OF THIS DEAL. AS ZAMBIANS WE ARE GOING TO PAY DEARLY FOR THIS THOUGHTLESS FRANCHISE. IT IS LIKE HAVING DEALINGS WITH AMERICA AND RUSSIA AT THE SAME TIME.

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  3. What a warped Foreign Policy? AU recognises Sahawi Republic so how can Zambia recognise both Morroco and Saharawi Republic? The Visionless Lungu can’t make an individual decision. Very soon Kalaba will tell us that in Gambia, Zambia recognises both Presidents Adama Barrow and Yahya Jammeh. Lungu and Kalaba must wake up and smell the Coffee. Zuma of South Africa,Khama of Botswana and Magufuli of Tanzania have already recognized Adama Barrow as President of Gambia. Where does Lungu,Mu7 and Mugabe stand on Gambia? The hypocrites have been caught between a hard Rock and the Deep Blue Sea. What are Lungu’s latest tricks to delay the Petition further? Time will tell!

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  4. What has changed? Did the SADR President bring some brown envelopes? I thought you knew what you were doing wen u expelled the ambassador from SADR. Policy without proper principle guidelines is confusion

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  5. I suggest it is high time African countries should reject diplomatic ties with Morocco until Morocco pulls out completely from the Western Sahara. We strongly understand the dynamics and irrationality as influenced by French neo-colonial manoeuvres. But out constitutive act of the AU demands that any country aspiring to become a member of the AU must respect the sovereignty of all other nations. This binding, Morocco has not uphold and therefore Morocco’s bid to return to the AU must be rejected by all member states. The Sahrawi must gain their independence. We thank the Zambian government. This renewed commitment. Meanwhile let Morocco be treated as a personae non grata…

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  6. Problem with the above two is that they over rate themselves. There is completely no respect that they command in the international circles and they do not add value to the name of Zambia in the international circle. If anything they just subtract. There is completely no credibility. People respected Zambia in Mwanawasa’s administration at least. The duo do not even care that they stole an election and nothing can work for them. Mwamba is just out right criminal and core tribalist. Your time is coming.

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  7. These are empty tins who have no Foreign Policy …they think they are in a tavern where they pass the opaque beer container round for everyone to sip…its like Lazy Lungu he don’t know whether he is a Catholic or a Pentecostal its only a matter of time before the drunkard messes up in church!!

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  8. In other words, Zambia states that it is pleased to announce that it has no policy at all… Do these guys think it’s a game of who can be posted to Johannesburg and enjoy most ka?

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