FOREIGN Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji says diplomats are not in Zambia to aid opposition parties get into state House but for more serious business, to bring development.
And Hon. Malanji says Goverment regrets the attacks on the United Nations Resident coordinator Janet Rogan by the opposition UPND.
Speaking during a political dialogue meeting with the European Union diplomats accredited to Zambia in Lusaka, Friday, Mr Malanji stated that members of the diplomatic Corp needed to be accorded the respect they deserve because they are in Zambia to enhance development.
“It is only important that you give the respect that the members of the diplomatic corp deserve in this country. Diplomats are in this country to bring development and that will only be in conjunction with the government of the day,” Said Mr Malanji.
“They (Diplomats) are not here to see how best the momentum of an opposition party which their only vision is to see how quickly they can get into state House. We have serious more business to do here and as government we respect and regret the attacks on her Excellency.”
Meanwhile, Hon Malanji has expressed happiness by the progress achieved with regard to the £25million Gender based violence project, £17 million Public Finance Management, £40 million for Electrification Financing and £87 million for the Agriculture all supported by European Union.
And EU Ambassador to Zambia Alessandro Mariani says his happy with the continuous political dialogue with Zambia with the last one having been held in March last year.
Zambia-European Union Political Dialogue is an annual event which provides a viable platform for the Zambian Goverment and European Union to exchange views on topics of mutual importance and interest as well as identify areas where relations under the cotonou agreement can be deepen.