PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has told African members of the diplomatic corps in Zambia that his Government is committed to the promotion and maintenance of peace, security and stability in order to effectively contribute to the development of the continent.
And President Lungu said he is looking forward to constructive engagement with respective African heads of state at various fora as well at bilateral level.
Addressing African members of the diplomatic corps at State House yesterday, President Lungu said as the Patriotic Front government steered Zambia towards prosperity for all, its influence was to pursue progressive foreign policy with particular emphasis on economic diplomacy.
And speaking at the same function, Malawian High Commissioner to Zambia David Bandawe said the August 11, 2016, general elections were free, fair and credible as declared by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
Mr Bandawe, who congratulated President Lungu on his re-election as republican president, observed that most of the observer missions had submitted that indeed the general elections were free, fair and credible.
“I have observed a number of elections in Africa. I was the chief observer of elections in Malawi and I know what I am talking about when I say the elections in Zambia were free, fair and credible,” Mr Bandawe said.
President Lungu earlier called on the African members of the diplomatic corps to utilise the “open door policy” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to increase interaction with Government and other relevant institutions.
President Lungu told the African diplomats to consider themselves Zambia’s priority, adding that before Zambia could consider interactions with the rest of the world there was need to attend to issues within the African continent.
“There is a lot that we can together achieve as African countries,” the Head of State said.
President Lungu met with ambassadors from Malawi, Angola, Tanzania, Somalia, Namibia, Mozambique and Egypt.
Others were from Zimbabwe, Kenya Botswana, South Africa, Congo DR, Ghana, Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Rwanda.