U.S Government Pledges Strong Partnership In Helping Zambia Address Its Challenges
The United States Government has pledged to continue its strong partnership in helping Zambia address the many challenges it faces, particularly in the area of health through the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan).
U.S Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon has also reiterated President Donald Trump’s reaffirmation at this year’s United Nations General Assembly to the fight against HIV/AIDS where he singled out Zambia as one of the countries that have made strides in fighting the disease. Mr. Shannon says, for this reason, the U.S is committed to continuing its robust partnership with Zambia in its efforts of fostering peace and mitigating the refugee crisis in the region.
He said this at the Department of State in the Treaty Room on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. The meeting was attended by US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel L. Foote and his counterpart, Zambia’s Ambassador to the U.S Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula together with other senior officials from Department of State among others.
“Under Daniel’s leadership, Zambia and the United States will continue our strong partnership in helping Zambia address the many challenges it faces, particularly in the area of health. At this year’s United Nations General Assembly, President Trump reaffirmed our commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS and singled out Zambia as one of the countries closest to achieving epidemic control.
“Daniel’s impressive experience and achievements make him more than ready to lead our relationship with the government and people of Zambia as we work together to promote regional peace, security, and good governance,” he said.
Mr. Shannon further noted that Mr. Foote will also be responsible for advancing a Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact that provides $355 million to improve the lives of over 1.2 million Zambians by enhancing the country’s water and sanitation systems in Lusaka.
On December 14, 2017 Mr. Foote who presented his credentials to His Excellency President Edgar Lungu as part of an official ceremony at State House, gave an overview of U.S. Mission goals which include partnering with the government and people of Zambia to strengthen democracy and good governance, increase economic prosperity, improve health and education, and partner for improved security and peace in the region.
Mr. Foote also echoed U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s stance of increasing trade and investment with African countries, improving governance, and securing peace in Africa.
“You’ve already shown your enthusiasm for the job by hurrying out from Lusaka soon after your confirmation to present your credentials to the President of Zambia. Well done. As you assume the mantle of ambassadorial leadership, please know we are always here to support you and your team. I wish you and your loved ones all the best and safe travels,” Mr. Shannon added.
Ambassador Foote will return to Zambia in January 2018.