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Botswana President Ian Khama welcomed at
airport by Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Several Heads of State and Government have sent messages of congratulations to President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Zambians on the occasion marking the country's 53rd Independence anniversary which fell Tuesday.
United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump, in his congratulatory message to President Lungu, said the United States looks forward to deepening the strong partnership between Zambia and the US in the years ahead, as the two countries work together on democratic governance, the rule of law, and economic prosperity for all Zambians.
"Best wishes to you and the people of Zambia on the 53rd anniversary of your independence. On behalf of the American people, l wish you and the Zambian people peace and prosperity," President Donald J. Trump said.
And Ethiopia's President Dr. Mulatu Teshome expressed confidence that the close friendly relations that exist between Zambia and Ethiopia will continue to be further strengthened and developed for the mutual interest of the two peoples.
"On behalf of the people and Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and that of my own l would like to extend to your Excellency and through you, to the brotherly people and Government of the Republic of Zambia my warmest congratulations on the occasion marking the 53rd anniversary of your country's Independence Day."
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in his message reaffirmed his Government's desire to strengthen the excellent bonds of friendship that exist between South Africa and Zambia.
"May l take this opportunity not only to wish Your Excellency's good health, but also to reaffirm our desire to strengthen the excellent bonds of friendship that exist between our sister countries."
President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his message observed that in Zambia's five decades of its independence, it has established impressive traditions of democracy and the rule of law adding that these must now be maintained and developed through political and social dialogue conducted in a respectful manner. President Steinmeier assured that Germany will stand by Zambia's side when it comes to tackling the tasks that lie ahead and that his country has keen interest to further consolidate and expand the close and amicable partnership that has grown over the decades between the two countries.
"On the occasion of Independence Day in the Republic of Zambia, allow me to offer you and the people of your country my sincere congratulations and those of my fellow Germans. I wish you a sure hand and every success as you strive to further develop your country and enhance the population's prospects for the future," President Steinmeier said.
In other messages, India's President Ram Nath Kovind, said the partnership between the two countries is anchored on shared values and perspectives hence Zambia and India are working together to enhance their development cooperation in education, health, information technology and connectivity.
 "India looks forward to further strengthening the existing warm bonds of friendship with Zambia to ensure greater prosperity of our peoples.
"On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, l extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia on the occasion of your Independence Day. Please accept, Excellency my best wishes for your continued good health and well-being as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Republic of Zambia," President Ram Nath Kovind said.
Czech Republic's President Miloš Zeman expressed confidence that as a result of his country opening and embassy in Zambia this year the excellent relations that have existed for many years between Zambia and that country will deepen in the political, economic and development cooperation areas for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
"May l extend to you my heartfelt congratulations on the National Day of your country commemorated on 24th October."
Sierra Leone President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma said, "I wish to extend on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Sierra Leone and on my own behalf warmest felicitations to your Excellency and through you, the Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia, on the occasion of your country's Independence Day Anniversary."
And Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove in his congratulatory message hailed relations between Zambia and Australia noting that the positive bilateral relationship at Government to Government level reflects the shared democratic traditions and history of the two countries as members of the Commonwealth.
"On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Zambia, I wish to convey to you and the Government and the people of Zambia my warmest wishes, together with those of the Australia Government and people," Sir Cosgrove said.
United Mexican States President, Enrique Peña Nieto said he reaffirmed his firm commitment to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Zambia and Mexico in order to favour mutual development and wellbeing of the two countries."On behalf of the people of Mexico, it is an honour to express my warmest congratulations as you commemorate one more anniversary of the National Day of the Republic of Zambia. I hereby extend cordial greeting and seize this opportunity to express the assurances of my distinguished consideration," President Enrique Peña Nieto said.
Other Presidents who have conveyed their messages include Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz.
"On the occasion of the Fifty-third Anniversary of the Republic of Zambia's proclamation of independence, I warmly congratulate you," President Ruz said.
Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas hailed the historic friendly relations between Zambia and Palestine.
"We are pleased to extend to your Excellency on behalf of the State of Palestine and its people on my own behalf and through you to your esteemed Government and to your friendly people our warm and heartfelt congratulation."
In his message Ireland's President Michael Higgins said, "The people of Ireland join with me in conveying to Your Excellency our sincere congratulations and warmest greetings on the occasion of your National Day."
Meanwhile, their Royal Highnesses have joined World leaders in congratulating President Lungu and the Zambian people. His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan wished the President and the people of Zambia happiness and prosperity. "On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Zambia, I have great pleasure in sending Your Excellency my heartfelt congratulations and sincere good wishes for your happiness and for the prosperity of the people of your country," Emperor Akihito said.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco expressed satisfaction with the steadily developing cooperation between Zambia and Morocco and looked forward to continue working with the President to strengthen ties and transform them into a special partnership that would stand as a model f4164or a successful relationship between the two countries. "As the Republic of Zambia celebrates Independence Day, it gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency my warmest congratulations, together with my best wishes for good health and happiness. I also wish the Zambian people continued progress and prosperity under your wise leadership," King Mohammed said.
This is contained in a statement issued to media by President Edgar Lungu's special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda.-Online. INTERNATIONAL



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