In a cordial meeting with the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Zambia, President Hakainde Hichilema expressed appreciation for the crucial role played by development partners in 2023, facilitated by the Diplomatic Corps.
The annual greeting ceremony, held this morning, served as a platform to acknowledge collaborative efforts, particularly in addressing Zambia’s debt situation.
The President highlighted the pivotal role of development partners in navigating the complex issue of debt and emphasized the need for an expeditious conclusion of the process to prevent potential setbacks that could convey a message of failure within the global system.
Addressing the diplomats, President Hichilema conveyed gratitude for their prompt response to the recent cholera outbreak in Lusaka.
The President assured the Diplomatic Corps of Zambia’s commitment to addressing the recurring public health crisis, prioritizing the well-being of the citizens over political considerations.
He underscored the importance of strict enforcement of health and local authorities’ regulations to save lives.
Furthermore, President Hichilema called for a peaceful resolution of military conflicts worldwide, emphasizing Zambia’s commitment to deepening democracy while upholding the principles of the rule of law and human rights.
Looking ahead, President Hichilema expressed optimism about the continued collaboration with development partners.
He outlined the collaboration’s foundation on the twin pillars of Peace, Security, and Stability, as well as Economic Diplomacy.
The President reaffirmed his commitment to fostering a harmonious relationship with the diplomatic community for the mutual benefit of Zambia and its international partners.
In conclusion, President Hakainde Hichilema thanked the Diplomatic Corps for their ongoing support and pledged to strengthen the ties that contribute to Zambia’s progress and development on the global stage.
The annual greeting ceremony highlighted the importance of international cooperation in addressing shared challenges and promoting a more stable and prosperous future for the Republic of Zambia.