FOREIGN Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has appealed to Zambian diplomats to avoid engaging in activities that can injure the country’s reputation and image in foreign countries.
Speaking when he addressed Zambian diplomats at the Zambian Mission in Lubumbashi yesterday, Mr Kalaba said Zambian diplomats should lead exemplary lives and ensure that they promoted Zambia’s interests abroad.
Mr Kalaba said Lubumbashi was a strategic mission as it provided a link between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), adding that Zambian diplomats should work hard and exhibit good conduct which would help to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
The minister is in Lubumbashi to hand over the five Government houses for diplomats which were recently rehabilitated under a programme meant to reduce Government expenditure on rentals in missions abroad.
During his visit, Mr Kalaba met Zambians living in Lubumbashi to acquaint himself their with views on the diaspora policy which Government is formulating.
He appealed to Zambians in Lubumbashi to ensure that they visit their country regularly and contribute to national development through various investment opportunities available.
According to a statement issued from Lubumbashi by Foreign Affairs public relations officer Dorcas Chileshe, Mr Kalaba also encouraged them to allow their children to visit Zambia and ensure that they connect with family members back home.