April 15, 2016.
LUSAKA, Zambia – The Embassy of the United States to the Republic of Zambia welcomed a delegation from the Zambian Army for an official handover of protective equipment for the Zambian Peacekeeping Battalion, or ZAMBAT 2. The U.S. Government, through the Global Peace Operations Initiative, or GPOI, trained and equipped both ZAMBAT 1 and ZAMBAT 2 for their missions to the Central African Republic in support of the United Nations efforts there to bring peace and stability to the region.
The equipment presented to the Zambian Army from the United States government consists of protective helmets, vests, and essential uniform items to help keep Zambia’s peacekeeping forces safe during their yearlong mission. ZAMBAT 2 will relieve ZAMBAT 1 beginning in late April 2016. ZAMBAT 1 has been in the Central African Republic for nearly 12 months, and has been credited by the UN as being the most professional and well trained peacekeeping battalion in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission. The U.S. State Department and Department of Defense, represented by the U.S. Embassy to Zambia, directly contributed to the support of Zambia’s peacekeeping program.
During the handover event, U.S. Ambassador Eric Schultz noted the close and friendly relations between Zambia and United States, relations that are cemented by a commitment to shared values. “The United States values its excellent relations with the Zambian government and people, including through military-to-military cooperation. We applaud Zambia’s commitment to peace in Africa through its contribution of troops to the Central African Republic peacekeeping mission.” said U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia Eric Schultz.