Minister Lubinda invites Barack Obama to Zambia

The Zambian government has invited President of the United States of America (US) Barack Obama to pay a bilateral visit to Zambia this year.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Given Lubinda disclosed the development to ZANIS in Washington DC yesterday saying the US was happy with Zambia’s democratic dispensation.

Mr. Lubinda said the invitation for Mr. Obama to visit Zambia stemmed from two meetings which he held with some US senior government officials yesterday.

The US officials which Mr. Lubinda held meeting with include Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman who is third in hierarchy from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Dr Reuben Briget II and Tyler Beckelma, Director for African Affairs at the White House.

He said Zambia and the US would want to have continued mutual political and economic cooperation.

Mr. Lubinda said the US government officials also requested that President Michael Sata visits USA to sign the compact, which is a development agreement of the Millennium Challenge Cooperation (MCC) when it is ready.

Currently, Secretary to the Treasury, Fredson Yamba is leading a delegation which is having technical negotiations of the Millennium Challenge Account for Zambia involving US$354 million for Lusaka water, sanitation and drainage system project.

The Minister also disclosed that as a result of fruitful discussions with US government officials, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will next month visit Zambia.

The visit by Ms Sherman will be the sixth high powered US delegation to visit Zambia in less than one year.

Mr. Lubinda said these frequent visits by US senior government officials illustrate the facts that Zambia was heading in the right direction in terms of political and economic development.

Mr. Lubinda, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Labour Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga and a delegation from Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) have since January 31st, 2012, been in the US attending various meetings with government officials and the Safari Club International meetings and convention which was in Las Vegas last week.

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