U.S. Ambassador Eric Schultz Discusses Free, Fair Elections with Acting President Scott

Lusaka. December 14, 2014.

LUSAKA – United States Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia Eric Schultz today met with His Excellency Acting President Dr. Guy Scott, reiterating United States commitment to partnership with the people and Government of Zambia. Ambassador Schultz again stated his appreciation for the warm Zambian welcome that he has received.

Ambassador Schultz expressed appreciation for Zambia’s legacy as a peaceful, stable democracy and his hopes for Zambia’s upcoming presidential election. Ambassador Schultz said, “The United States strongly supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful campaign and presidential election on January 20.” He noted the importance of Zambia’s maintaining its proud democratic traditions and the important role the Acting President is playing in upholding those traditions.

Ambassador Schultz reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to partnership initiatives such as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to combat HIV and AIDS, the Millennium Challenge Corporation compact to bring reliable and safe water to residents of Lusaka, the service of Peace Corps Volunteers working in Zambian communities, the training the United States is providing to the Zambian peacekeepers deploying to the Central African Republic, and a host of other cooperative initiatives between the United States and Zambia. He also expressed confidence that U.S.-Zambia relations would be as friendly and positive in Zambia’s next 50 years as they had been in its first 50 years.