Government has appealed to the international community to assist Zambia coordinate peace and security efforts in the Southern African Community Development (SADC) region.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji said there is need for continued assistance to enable Zambia effectively fulfill her role as she assumes the Chairmanship of SADC Troika organ on politics, defence and security cooperation.
ZANIS reports that the minister said this when he met over 50 diplomats accredited to Zambia in Lusaka today.
Mr. Malanji said government values the existing friendly relations that it continues to enjoy with respective countries and development organisations.
He said Zambia is committed to promoting good governance, democratic principles, economic development and international peace and security.
The Minister said Zambia is ready to scale up its bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the international community as demonstrated by President Lungu’s heightened engagements with other countries.
He expressed optimism that Zambia will host more international organisations in addition to the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOC) in contributing to the economic, social and cultural development of Africa.
And in a vote of thanks, acting Dean of the Diplomatic Corp Apostolic Nuncio Julio Murat thanked Mr. Malanji for meeting the diplomats at short notice.
The Apostolic Nuncio said Zambia is a model to Africa and the world due to her prevailing peace and stability.
Ambassador Murat appealed to the international community to come to Zambia’s aid in taking care of the influx of refugees streaming into the country.
He said the diplomatic corp will continue to work with Zambia in promoting peace and socio-economic development.