Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba commends Zambian diplomats

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FOREIGN Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, speaking during an interview with Journalists after the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers held at Swazi Royal Hotel in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Town on Wednesday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
FOREIGN Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, speaking during an interview with Journalists after the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers held at Swazi Royal Hotel in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Town on Wednesday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has described 2017 as a successful year because the Ministry achieved most of its benchmarks.

And Mr Kalaba has commended Zambian diplomats for assimilating the movement from political to economic diplomacy.

Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday when he was transiting to France, Mr Kalaba said some of the successes scored were the completion of the legal, financial and Structural implications to allow the relocation of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union from Ethiopia to Zambia and the conferring of President Edgar as the UN HE FOR SHE Campaign champion.

Mr Kalaba said it is in this year that Zambia ascended to the Chairmanship of the SADC organ TROIKA on Politics, Defense and Security.

He said the climax of the successes in the Ministry was the hosting of the African Union Peace and Security Council High Level Meeting in Livingstone early this month. The meeting was described as a great success and Zambia continues to work as a crusader of peace and security on the continent.

And Mr Kalaba has commended Zambian Diplomats for assimilating the movement from political to Economic diplomacy.

He said government was now focused on economic diplomacy and wanted to ensure that Zambia reaps benefits of being in good business, trade and economic relations with the outside world.

Mr Kalaba also commended Zambians diplomats for representing the country well in their countries of accreditation.

He also thanked the staff at the ministry of Foreign Affairs for working diligently and ensuring that the country in well represented in all aspects.

He also said the festive season must be used as a time to reflect on the birth of Christ and share the joy of his birth with all people.

The Minister wished all Zambians in the Diaspora happiness, joy and God’s blessings during the festive season.

He was received at Bole International Airport by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative at the African Union Ms Susan Sikaneta.

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  1. Your Diplomat at the UN missed the voting in the General Council because he has a second job working in MacDonalds. What are you going to do about that.

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    • Like all of you WE ARE PROUD of Kalaba

      The man has shown acumen of great diplomacy world wide ad should be revered and cherished

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • @Lombe, I will defend Ambassador Kapambwe at UN. Its not OK to vote on issues Zambia don’t understand, like Jerusalem. Most of you thought it was it was capital of Israel.

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    • Kalaba, in the modern of great social network lying will cost you your job and it is doing to so many people. You need to be honesty with these talking point political speeches. Zambia as a nation is failing, we’re almost getting back to the 80s suffering. Wake up start speaking the truth.

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    • Of the 18 anti-Israel resolutions where the United States and Israel voted No, only 11 other countries cast even a single vote with them. Zambia has voted opposite on all the 18 resolutions, never abstained, and never absent until Kapambwe did so yesterday. So Zambian Ambassadors, before Kapambwe understood Jerusalem issues very well.

      Yesterday, only 9 states – including the US and Israel –voted against the resolution. Other countries being Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guatemala and Honduras. Previously, Canada and Palau voted with them on all 18 resolutions. Marshall Islands and Micronesia did so on 17. Nauru voted with them on eight resolutions. Australia voted with the United States and Israel on seven resolutions. Guatemala and South Sudan voted with them…

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    • Mshotah December 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm
      Swedish governments (Richer than Zambia, one of the richest countries in the world) buys a customized all terrain ambulance with life support accessories at $52 550
      Zambia government (Very Poor…one of the poorest in the world) buys the same ambulance at $288,000. GRZ is buying 1 ambulance for the price of 4 ambulances.
      We have thieves for leaders.
      I hope you can see the reason why we will never develop, we will forever be a poor country.

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  2. You know what, most of the tome we ignore but please!!!!

    LT can you mind your spellings… look through what you put out there before you submit for your esteemed readers.

    Your news is fantastic and you are slowly getting a large following but you also have to forge quality…

    Honestly look at your title …

    “Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba commendeds Zambian diplomats”

    I mean… really?

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  3. Agony is when you are earmarked to host the Africa – Israel Summit and you abscond from voting on the UN Resolution condemning the US policy on Jerusalem declaration. Anyway let the Israelis and Arabs sort out their family feud. Well done Zambia! Excellent foreign policy position on this matter.

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    • Do you know how many Countries “abscond” (your word) on this resolution? 65 countries…..so Zambia is NOT the only Country. Some of these votes at the UN have to be taken STRATEGICALLY….leave diplomacy to DIPLOMATS.

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    • @ Yambayamba
      As usual you propagate FAKE news worth your non existing intellect. Number of non-voting Countries was 35 and not 65!!!
      As to living diplomacy to diplomats, no objection, always provided that you have “diplomat” and not LIAR in a position of Minister for foreign affairs.

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    • @just asking: Just to correct the record; yes you right, 35 Countries abstained, 9 other countries voted with the U.S against the resolution, 128 countries voted in favour, and 21 countries didn’t even bother to show up for the vote. Zambia is among the 21 Countries that did not show up for the vote.

      My “65” came from the total number of Countries (9 + 35 + 21 = 65 Countries) that Nikki Harley (U.S ambassador to the U.N) has invited to a special ceremony to thank them for not voting with the 128 Countries that voted in favour of the resolution. I guess it is the case of one’s fingers working faster than their brain….but definitely not intended to mislead or add to fake news. Clear now!?

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    • By the way @just asking, let me correct one minor mistake in my post above before you get so excited again: It is 8 Countries that voted with U.S (total 9) that voted against the resolution.

      And if you add all the numbers, you will realize that it adds up to the correct membership of the U.N:

      128 (for the resolution) + 9 (against the resolution) + 35 (abstentions) + 21 (absentees) = 193 (which is the total number of Countries in the U.N)

      And let us not confuse ABSTAIN with ABSENT….the two are totally different don’t mean the same thing. 35 Countries ABSTAINED and 21 Countries were ABSENT. Among those who were ABSENT (NOT Abstained) are Zambia, Kenya, and others.

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    • ABSTAIN means showing up at the U.N General Assembly vote session and using the time allotted to you (your Country) to give a statement and NOT VOTE when time to vote comes.

      ABSENT means you don’t even bother to show up at the U.N General Assembly vote session to either put a statement in the record on the issue under consideration or vote on it.

      So the 35 Countries you are referring to actually showed up, used their time to put a statement on the record, but decided not to vote on the resolution. The other 21 Countries (Zambia included) did not show up, give a statement , or vote on the resolution.

      By the way, I am not even sure what you mean by “non-voting” Countries. In future, I hope you can get your facts straight too before you decide to demean or attack others on this…

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  4. The Minister wishes all Zambians in Diaspora happiness, joy and God’s blessings during the festive season.

    Thanks Minister. May I also take this opportunity to wish all bloggers and their families Happy Holidays and a great start into the New Year.

    Sincerely,

    Nine Chale

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  5. For what! USA, Canada, UK have no understanding of their roles and jobs. I am not sure how many more there are out there but a total time of air and space!

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