U. S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel L. Foote Presents Credentials to President Lungu

Lusaka, Zambia—U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia Daniel L. Foote presented his credentials to His Excellency President Edgar Lungu as part of an official ceremony at State House on December 14, 2017. During the ceremony, Ambassador Foote 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. Ambassador Foote is heading back to the United States on December 15, 2017 for official meetings, and will return to Zambia in January 2018.

Credentialing Statement by Ambassador Daniel L. Foote

Your Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, I am honored to present my credentials as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia. I am grateful for the trust placed in me by President Trump, and I’m honored to represent the U.S. in this beautiful country, with which we have a powerful history of common interests and warm, friendly relations.

Secretary Tillerson recently spoke of increasing trade and investment with African countries, improving governance, and securing peace in Africa. I look forward to further strengthening the U.S. – Zambia partnership to help continue the development and protection of Zambia’s greatest asset, its people. The Embassy devotes significant resources, via numerous agencies, to increase economic prosperity for both of our nations. The U.S. is Zambia’s largest bilateral donor. But our measure of success is the lasting partnerships and development advances made in Zambia.

At World AIDS Day events on Monday, Zambia demonstrated its commitment to working with international partners, including U.S. PEPFAR, to make people’s futures healthier and more prosperous. I was moved to see the extensive progress of U.S.-Zambia collaboration on overcoming this epidemic, supported by over $3 billion of U.S. assistance in Zambia’s health sector.

We are engaged in reform and expansion of Zambia’s energy sector. We work with U.S. firms to provide technology and know-how for Zambia’s agricultural sector. I am excited about the additional opportunities we will forge together between Zambia’s and the United States’ private sector.

I look forward to supporting Zambia’s efforts to bring together the political spectrum, to agree on important electoral and constitutional reforms as part of Zambia’s commitment to strengthening governance and institutional independence.

Zambia also takes its regional responsibilities seriously, and we will continue to support Zambia’s dedication to regional engagement, whether through your military’s peacekeeping operations or welcoming policy toward refugees.

As Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia, I would very much welcome frequent, productive, and candid dialogue with you and senior members of your government as we work in the spirit of true partnership, friendship and mutual respect to further grow our broad partnership in the areas of trade and investment, education, health, energy, and governance.

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