Zambia, Finland envoys present credentials to President Banda

Malawi’s Head of State Joyce Banda on Tuesday received Letters of Credence from the new Zambian High Commissioner to and the Finnish Ambassador at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

Speaking after presenting his Letters of Credence, the new Zambian High Commissioner to Malawi, Billy Munyumbwe said he will strive to improve the seemingly strained relations between the two neighbouring countries.

“Malawi and Zambia’s relationship has lately not been cordial; my primary responsibility will be to work with Malawian officials here to explore ways of resolving any outstanding problems for the benefit of the peoples of Malawi and Zambia,” the envoy said.

Zambian envoy president his credentials to President Banda.-Francis Mphweya/MANA

He said Malawians and Zambians have a long sisterly and brotherly relationship and share many aspects of language, tradition and culture and that it was therefore important to cement the two countries’ relationship.

“I assured President Banda that I will work to the best of my ability to improve relations between Zambia and Malawi to ensure that the two countries benefit in various forms for the social, economic and political development of the respective countries,” he said.

The Finnish envoy Perti Anttinen said his Government’s major task shall be to support Malawi in the economic recovery process and introduce programs that can help Malawi.

“My Government and the people of Finland will support President Joyce Banda’s efforts to get the Malawi economy back on track,” said Anttinen, specifically singling out the energy sector as one priority area that his Government would want to direct their support.

Finland envoy making a brief speech before President Banda, Photo by Francis Mphweya/Mana

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