LUSAKA – The U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young met with Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to discuss issues of mutual interest, including the close U.S.-Zambian partnership in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Lungu and Chargé Young pledged to continue to prioritize the fight against COVID-19 and work collaboratively as Zambia strives to reopen safely to reinvigorate economic opportunities for the Zambian people. Mr. Young also praised Zambia’s close health cooperation with the United States to achieve HIV/AIDS epidemic control in 2020 and combat malaria, tuberculosis and other health threats.
The Chargé and President Lungu also discussed the importance of an unwavering commitment to democratic elections and human rights. Mr. Young encouraged President Lungu to vigorously defend Zambia’s multiparty democracy and uphold constitutional freedoms as Zambia prepares for elections in August 2021.
They affirmed the enduring nature of the partnership between the United States and Zambia, our common democratic values, and the longstanding friendship between the peoples of our two countries.