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President Hichilema commends European Union role in Zambia’s economic development


President Hakainde Hichilema has acknowledged the European Union’s (EU) key role in government’s economic reconstruction agenda.

Hichilema noted with appreciation that the EU supported the country through the debt-restructuring process under the G20 Officials Creditors Committee.

The Head of Stated said this when the Committee on Foriegn Affairs of EU Parliament led by David McAllister of the EU People’s Party (EUPP) visited him at State House on Thursday in Lusaka.

“This morning we were honoured to be visited at State House by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of European Union Parliament led by David McAllister of the European People’s Party (EPP),” reads part of his statement on his official Facebook handle.

The Head of State called for more co-operation between Zambia and the EU in promoting global peace and stability.

He noted that the EU was a key partner to Zambia’s development through provision of financial and technical support.

“We value our relations with the European Union founded on the principles of human rights, governance, the rule of law, and democracy,” Hichilema stated.

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He said government appreciated the EU’s support to Zambia over the years in various areas including health, trade, environmental sustainability, education and poverty reduction, among other key areas.

Hichilema stated that the economic and technical support has had a positive impact on the lives of the people.

“We expressed concern over the prolonged Russia-Ukraine war and the Israeli-Hamas conflict,” he said.

The Head of State reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue.

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