Zambia, Djibouti pledge to deepen bilateral relations for mutual economic benefits


Zambia has affirmed its commitment to strengthening bilateral ties with Djibouti, aiming to enhance economic cooperation for the mutual benefit of both nations.

Rose Sakala, Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, conveyed President Hakainde Hichilema’s appreciation for Djibouti’s pivotal role in maintaining regional peace and security by facilitating the safe movement of cargo.

Sakala made these remarks while presenting her Letters of Credence to Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, officially assuming her role as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Zambia to Djibouti.

In a statement issued in Lusaka by Inutu Mwanza, Zambia’s First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sakala highlighted Djibouti’s significance as a major global shipping hub, crucial for promoting trade and commerce.

President Guelleh, upon receiving Sakala’s credentials, acknowledged Zambia’s historical contributions to the fight against colonialism and apartheid in the region.

He also sought Zambia’s support for Djibouti’s candidature for the position of African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, scheduled for the February 2025 summit.

Expressing appreciation for President Hichilema’s efforts in ensuring peace and stability in Zambia, Guelleh commended Zambia’s role in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

He also spoke on the enduring legacy of Zambia’s first President, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, as a freedom fighter and pan-Africanist.

President Guelleh encouraged Ambassador Sakala to maintain regular visits to Djibouti in her diplomatic duties.

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Ambassador Sakala also met with Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, conveying greetings from Zambian counterpart Mulambo Haimbe.

Youssouf praised Zambia’s contributions to peace and security in the region as COMESA’s headquarters.

He said despite the geographical distance between the two nations, there are ample opportunities for cooperation and Djibouti stands ready to collaborate with Zambia to leverage their respective comparative advantages for mutual benefit.

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