THE Pope eulogised President Edgar Lungu for a being a role model of peace and good governance in the region, Parliament heard yesterday.

The House also heard that President Lungu’s trip to France and Vatican was a clear indication that Zambia’s image abroad was growing  Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba said the Pope eulogized

President Lungu for his exemplary leadership and role to foster peace in the Great Lakes Region.

Responding to a question by PF Masaiti Member of Parliament Michael Katambo who wanted to find out how the Pope received President Lungu.

“Our trip to France and Vatican shows the respect Zambia has earned. Zambia’s image abroad is growing huge. President Lungu is liked everywhere and in turn Zambia is liked and attracting huge investments which will soon create wealth for our people,” Mr Kalaba said.

He explained that the Pope eulogised President Lungu for a being a role model of peace and good governance in the region.

“Out of 54 African countries, the Pope told us that there are only eight countries that have never experienced civil strife and Zambia is among those eight. The Pope will only meet people with good governance record hence meeting our President,” Mr Kalaba said.

And Mr Kalaba said active participation of President Lungu in

regional, continental and global affairs as well as his increased

interactions and engagements at bilateral level would continue to advance Zambia’s standing on the international stage and serve to promote Zambia’s national interests.

He told the House that Zambia would continue reaching out to the international community in order to contribute to sustainable development.

Mr Kalaba was speaking in the House when he briefed members of Parliament regarding the outcome of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the official visits to the Holy See and the French Republic by President Lungu.

Mr Kalaba said President Lungu had marketed Zambia abroad very well and everybody stood to benefit.

“Our record under President Lungu’s leadership is impeccable. We are now a choice of destination for investment,” Mr Kalaba said.

And Mr Kalaba said it was a duty of every Zambian to market the country well to the international community.

Responding to Ikeleng’i MP Elijah Muchima (MMD) who asked how Zambia was viewed abroad in the wake of some political violence, Mr Kalaba every legislator as well as other Zambians were ambassadors and so must speak well about their country.

“There is one political leader who goes abroad and dents the image of this country yet he aspires to one day become President of this very nation he speaks ill of. Speak well of Zambia. Any country has its ups and downs,” Mr Kalaba said.

He appealed to Zambians to practice mature politics because there is so much goodness in Zambia.

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