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US senators  Chris Coon and Patty Murray meet President Hichilema at State house
President Hichilema with Senators Chris Coon and Patty Murray at State house

US Senators joined President Hakainde Hichilema for a productive meeting this morning at State House, with Senator Patty Murray leading the delegation.The senators expressed their commitment to fostering robust economic ties and collaborative efforts to address shared challenges during their visit to Southern African countries.

President Hakainde Hichilema held a productive meeting this morning at State House with a delegation of U.S. senators led by Senator Patty Murray.

Accompanying Senator Murray were Senator Chris Coons from Delaware, Senator Gary Peters from Michigan, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto from Nevada, and Senator Peter Welch from Vermont.

The discussions during the meeting spanned a wide array of topics, with a primary focus on the enduring friendship between Zambia and the United States. President Hichilema provided insights into Zambia’s ongoing efforts to reposition its social, economic, and political trajectory, underscoring the significance of the national development plan as the guiding blueprint for these endeavors.

President Hichilema conveyed his appreciation to the United States for their swift decisions regarding the implementation of the Lobito Corridor Rail line project. He lauded the U.S. government for its proactive approach towards advancing the project, which holds immense potential for enhancing Zambia’s connectivity and regional prominence.

The Lobito Rail line, as highlighted by President Hichilema, will serve as a vital link connecting the Atlantic and Indian Oceans through Angola, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He underscored the transformative impact of the project on key sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and mining, as it traverses regions rich in natural resources and favorable climatic conditions.

Among the issues deliberated were the challenges posed by drought, food security concerns, and initiatives aimed at generating employment opportunities for Zambian women and youth. President Hichilema expressed gratitude for the U.S. government’s support during the recently concluded debt restructuring process, emphasizing Zambia’s commitment to continued engagement with international partners for the betterment of the country.

In response, Senator Patty Murray expressed optimism regarding the potential of the Lobito Corridor investment to drive inclusive economic growth and bolster sustainable supply chains, ultimately benefiting the Zambian people at large. She affirmed the U.S.’s commitment to partnering with Zambia in addressing pressing challenges, including the drought affecting crops and food security.

Senator Murray highlighted the longstanding partnership between the United States and Zambia, citing significant investments exceeding $7 billion since 2000 in critical sectors such as public health, education, and food security.

The delegation is visiting Southern African countries including Malawi, Angola and Botswana to discuss investments in the region and ways to strengthen political, economic and security partnerships.

13 COMMENTS

  1. If A = B and B =C, it follows that A = C
    Mmembe has declared that HH7 is a US puppet and has sold out SADC, meaning Joao Lourenco, Mokgweetsi Masisi and Lazarus Chakwera are US puppets and have also sold out SADC ……… Gospel according to revolutionary wannabe Fred Mmembe!

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    • This is what we fasted for “mwe Lesa, chinjeni abanandi”. These never could have associated with your Lungu.

    • I hope Kavindele and Chinkuli was part of meeting, they add value to HH.
      Why railway, and not road first?
      Angola did a Chinese road few kilometers from Zambia border.

  2. This is not news, it is indeed for those still living in colonial times. Everyone knows that this is the same old story of America supporting their own stooges and sellouts. Until the so called African leaders discover themselves as Africans and not the selected selfish few, Africa will continue to collect only crumbs from its own riches.

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  3. Is this because Archbishop mpundu went to complain to America so they have come to see what’s happening here on the ground.

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  4. Only the gullible will entertain the thought that these are coming for any good for the Zambians.Americans and their European allies consider their interests first. Only gullible African leaders think that they are coming to help them. Especially those who have list the support of the grassroots and have failed to run the affairs of their own countries. Soon you will hear that they have gone to Livingstone to stay in Hakainde’s hotel this is going to be the second recorded time. Disguising as going to see the Victoria falls. That is the wisdom of our intelligent leaders.

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    • Your thinking is backward, boy. This world has owners, the whites. From the begining africa and Middle east have been the sources of whites to anquire wealthy.

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  5. …….

    Why do we always think , when a white man visits , that………

    He has come to help ????…….and the president is expecting help ????

    That is why we get duped……….expecting and begging for help , only to be given conditions……….

    They come for business, not to help you, but to make money………..

    Restassured , president and this GRZ are well aware of this , and operate on those lines……….

    For the benift of Zambia

  6. Dear Senators, thank you for your visit to Zambia where your spirit of representation shines not only for your states, but for all who uphold our Constitution’s values. To Nevada: Your desert transformation is truly remarkable. Delaware: That 3° weather difference from Pennsylvania is a unique charm. Vermont: Memories of delivering groceries and mattresses brought joy to my days. To all the Senators, your dedication is truly appreciated. Thank you for your service!

  7. Michigan, your winters and roads have tested me, but I was never stranded no matter how heavily snowed. Your resilience and preparedness shine through the toughest of times. Thank you for keeping us safe and connected, even in the harshest conditions.

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