UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has assured Zambia’s cooperating partners that he will foster warm relations with other countries once elected Republican President.
Mr Hichilema said this when he joined fellow leaders in celebrating the US independence at the residence of the American Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote.
“We remain committed to working with other countries in fostering development,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema said human rights, freedoms and liberties are among other key issues that the UPND stands for in Zambia.
“Happy independence to the United States and thank you for your continued support to our country across all sectors. May God bless both our country and the United States of America,” Mr Hichilema said.
And Minister of Finance Margret Mwanakatwe has re-affirmed government’s commitment to nurturing and growing bilateral ties with the United States government.
Speaking when she officiated at the 242nd American Independence Day commemoration in Lusaka, Mrs. Mwanakatwe said that Zambia attached great importance to the promotion of relations with the United States.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe said that the relations between the two countries have promoted economic growth and development which has greatly improved the living standards of the ordinary people.
And Mrs Mwanakatwe said that Zambia will use its tenure as chair of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) organ on politics, defence and security cooperation which it will assume in August this year to work towards achieving peace, stability and security in the region.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe said that President Edgar Lungu was committed to fostering peace and reconciliation and because Zambia fully appreciates the need for peace in order for development to take place.
And United States Ambassador to Zambia, Daniel Foote used the occasion to call on the Zambian government to put in the right measures and policies to protect the Zambian citizens.
Ambassador Foote noted that ultimately, it is effective governance and economic growth that will determine Zambia’s development trajectory and the long term impact of mutual investments in health, education and economic growth.
The event was attended by foreign diplomats accredited to Zambia, government officials, opposition political leaders and members of civil society among others.