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 President Lourenço
have committed to transforming the transport infrastructure
such as roads, rail and water transport linking the two
The two leaders have 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 a Special Envoy from Zimbabwe’s
President Robert Mugabe, Dr Walter Mzembi, Minister of Foreign
Affairs who has delivered a special message which 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
The Minister also briefed the President on the political
situation in Zimbabwe and assured him that stability and unity
of the nation were 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 thanked the Minister for the comprehensive overview
regarding the political situation in Zimbabwe.
The President says 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, the President held an exit meeting with outgoing
United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Zambia Eric Shultz
at State House.
In his farewell message, Mr Shultz said he was emotional to be
leaving a country he had so dearly come to love.
“Your Excellency, l am sad to be leaving Zambia after three
years of extraordinary engagement with you, Government
officials and the people of Zambia. What l have seen in recent
years gives me hope about the future of this country. I am very
optimistic about the future of this country, quiet a lot of
progress is being made in many areas,” Mr Shultz said.
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 (DRC).
The President 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.
He thanked the outgoing Ambassador for his extraordinary
services he rendered both to his country and the Republic of
Zambia. He urged Mr Shultz to brief the incoming Ambassador so
that the strong foundation that he established for progressive