President Edgar Lungu has expressed deep sorrow at the tragic deaths and severe injuries following the massive outbreak of wildfires in the Greece Capital, Athens.
This is in a message of condolences sent to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos of the Hellenic Republic Greece following recent wild fires which have killed 90 people and seriously injured over 200 others in Athens and surrounding areas.
President Lungu says the people of Zambia commiserates with the people of the Hellenic Republic during this trying and tragic moment and prays that God grants fortitude and solace to the bereaved families and the entire nation.
“On behalf of the government, the people for Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency and the people of the Hellenic Republic on the tragic incident, ” he said.
Meanwhile the President has yesterday met with Norway’s Ambassador to Zambia Mr. Kikkan Haugen and outgoing Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia Mr. Ian Myles in separate meetings at State House.
The President described Norway’s bilateral relations with Zambia as inspirational because the common values that bound the two countries were underpinned by democratic tenets of respect for human rights, rule of law and good governance.
The President says the common values that the two countries share are demonstrated by common membership to multilateral organisations such as the United Nations among others.
The President appreciated Norway for being a true friend of Zambia and its developmental agenda through various sectors such as agriculture and gender issues.
He hoped that the bilateral cooperation between the two countries would be escalated to another level.
And the President say as Zambia assumes its role of Chairmanship of the SADC Organ on Peace, Defence and Security this August, he is confident that Norway will escalate its support to the country in its effort to foster peace in the region and the entire African continent.
This is contained in a statement by the President Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations , Amos Chanda.