Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have agreed preliminary steps towards the establishment of a new framework of cooperation to increase regular diplomatic consultations at bilateral and multilateral levels.
This agreement was reached during the high-level talks between Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary George Zulu and FCO Head of Africa Department responsible for Central and Southern Africa Matt Baugh.
Mr. Zulu was leading a delegation of senior staff who attended a study tour of the FCO headquarters in London from 1st to 3rd October 2014.
“We are happy to help Zambia improve information management systems and help with other requests the Permanent Secretary has raised. I am proud to congratulate you on your country’s remarkable Golden Jubilee this year. A senior representative with good and fond connections with Zambia will represent the UK government at the events in Lusaka this month,” said Mr Baugh.
Mr. Baugh commended Zambia for its constructive engagement in seeking peaceful settlement of conflicts particularly in the Central African Republic where President Sata has authorized the deployment of a battalion of peacekeepers and the DRC where Zambia has played a key role on pushing for an end to civil strife.
He urged Zambia to continue playing its critical role in helping to improve the situation in Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Mr. Zulu thanked the FCO for agreeing to send experts to Zambia to help the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up an electronic database, information management system and electronic registry.
He reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to improving relations with the UK and hoped the new framework of cooperation will be another milestone in the two countries’ relationship.
He congratulated the UK on the peaceful outcome of the September 18, 2014 Scottish referendum that affirmed the country’s unity by rejecting secession.
Mr. Zulu noted that Zambia appreciates the sustained presence of British businesses in Zambia and welcomed the UK government’s initiative to open a new trade mission designed to accelerate private sector development.
This is according to a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Press Secretary at the Zambia’s High Commission in the United Kingdom Amos Chanda.