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.