Lungu assures cooperating partners of sound ties

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has assured Zambia’s bilateral and multilateral cooperating partners that Government will continue its relationships into meaningful and mutually beneficial joint ventures.

President Lungu said the beneficial partnership will be investment in agriculture, trade, education, health, energy, technology, water resources and tourism.

Speaking when he received letters of credence from ambassadors and high commissioners-designate to Zambia at State House yesterday, Mr Lungu said since independence in 1964, Zambia has established and harnessed longstanding bilateral ties with its cooperating partners.

President Lungu received letters from ambassadors and high commissioners from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Lesotho, Indonesia and Georgia.

“These ties are underpinned by our shared values and interests, both at bilateral and multilateral levels, characterized by our common membership to international organizations such as the United Nations,” he said.

President Lungu said Zambia had continued exchanging views on various matters of mutual interest and held similar positions on a number of pertinent international issues such as climate change, global trade, human rights, international peace and security and the reforms of the United Nations.

“It is my sincere hope that through Zambia’s revised foreign policy, which provides guidance and a framework for further engagement with your respective countries, our relations will be enhanced and we will promote our political and economic focus for the mutual benefit of our countries,” he said.

Mr Lungu, who said he was delighted to welcome the diplomats to Zambia, congratulated them for their appointments.

“I hereby receive, with honour, your respective Letters of Credence accrediting you to the Republic of Zambia,

“It is, therefore, my fervent hope that your respective appointments to Zambia will give impetus to our relations and propel our cooperation to even greater heights,” he said.

Mr Lungu said the credentials ceremony was of particular significance to him, as it was the first one that he was presiding over since assuming office, following the January 20 Presidential elections.

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