President Edgar Lungu has received Special Envoys from Angola’s President João Lourenço and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe who delivered special messages from their Principals.
The President received a special message from President Lourenço, which was delivered by Angola’s Minister of Transport, Augusto Da Silva Tomas.
President Lungu and his Angolan Counterpart have committed to transforming transport infrastructure such as roads, rail and water transport linking the two countries.
The two leaders have further committed to ensuring that all agreements signed between Zambia and Angola on rehabilitation of transport infrastructure, notably the Lobito Corridor are accelerated for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
And the President has received Special Envoy from Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe, Walter Mzembi that country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The message included among other things, President Mugabe’s sincere gratitude to the Zambian government for supporting Zimbabwe with affordable maize imports during the last four years of grain shortages in that country.
The Minister also briefed the President on the political situation in Zimbabwe and assured him that stability and unity of the nation are President Mugabe’s top priority as he prepares the country for general elections next year.
President Lungu said Zambia will continue to support processes for peaceful elections within the framework of the Southern Africa Development Community -SADC- principles of promoting peace and stability for both individual countries and the region as whole.
He said the continued visits of various foreign leaders to Zambia is a demonstration of Zambia’s diplomatic vision of enhancing bilateral and multilateral cooperation as a common ground for accelerating regional integration.
Meanwhile, President Lungu held an exit meeting with outgoing United States of America Ambassador to Zambia Eric Shultz at State House.
In his farewell message, Mr Shultz said he is emotional to be leaving a country he has so dearly come to love.
He said he is sad to be leaving Zambia after three years of extraordinary engagement with President Lungu, Government officials and the people of Zambia, adding that what he has seen in recent years gives him hope about the future of the country.
Mr Shultz reaffirmed the US government’s continued support to Zambia in various socio-economic areas and governance.
He particularly emphasised that the American government will support Zambia in dealing with the refugee crisis in the north of the country due to political instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
And President Lungu wished Mr Shultz the best in his future endeavours and urged him to remain Zambia’s envoy in Washington in whatever position he will assume.
President Lungu thanked the outgoing Ambassador for his extraordinary services he rendered both to his country and the Republic of Zambia.
This is contained in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the president for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda.