US Ambassador complains over President Lungu’s snubbing of US official

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President Lungu at the Freedom statue

President Lungu at the Freedom statue

United States Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz has expressed regret that President Edgar Lungu failed to meet with US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield who was recently in the country.

Mr. Schultz says it is sad that President Lungu did not meet Ms Greenfield to discuss issues affecting Zambia.He says the US Government has since formally complained to the ministry of foreign affairs over the President’s failure to meet Ms Greenfield.

Meanwhile Mr. Schultz has hailed the growing relations between Zambia and the United States in recent years.
Speaking during the commemoration of the United States’ 240 years of Independence which falls on 4th July in Lusaka today, Mr Schultz urged the American community in Zambia to observe the rule of law of the host country by not engaging in activities that would put the name of US in disrepute.

Mr. Shultz says the US Embassy is there to act as a bridge between Zambians and Americans, and that it is important for Americans to grow the relationship further.
And speaking when he officiated at the event, Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Rayford Mbulu reaffirmed government’s commitment to upholding the warm and cordial bilateral relations which exist between the Zambian and US government.
He has since thanked the US for its continued support to Zambia through mechanisms such as the United States Government Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Mr. Mbulu says this assistance and cooperation has translated into stronger bonds of friendships.

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12 Responses to US Ambassador complains over President Lungu’s snubbing of US official

  1. ECL refused to be used like a remote control

    mj banda
    July 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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  2. Why is the US crybabying about this? Just deliver your message to the home or foreign affairs minister. It will eventually reach Lungu

    FyaLUNGUla
    July 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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  3. The US Official threw diplomacy to the wind.My opinion is that since she had a planned meeting with the Head of State,she could easily have expressed her concerns over the Post Newspaper failure to pay their Tax debts during the meeting rather than what she did by accusing Government of stifling Press freedom for enforcing a court order publicly.

    Be Nice To People
    July 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm
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  4. After receiving their aid money, this is how ungrateful PF can be just because they are disparate about wining the elections and they think that US supports the opposition. PF should remember that they will need Zambia even when they are not in Government. PF should remember that the country where they have decided to print their ballots is pro USA. What PF is demonstrating is not Zambian behavior and is very un diplomatic.

    Choongo Mulenga
    July 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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  5. she was only interested on post saga,ecl is not coward to be used as remote control

    chongo
    July 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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  6. Should have paid post taxes first then forward receipts to ZRA

    Scott
    July 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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  7. America’s please twamipapata mishina lyabayesu Christ Zambia belongs to Zambians not America’s.In Zambia we are voting and in America you ar voting so please talk about your elections not Zambia’s elections us here in Zambia we love each other elections come and go.Umuntu balefwaya ama Zambians no Edgar Lungu chapwa epela.

    Chikubabe
    July 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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  8. U shud ve said ‘I’ want E.Lungu and not ‘we’; coz me I don’t want him

    JZ
    July 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm
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  9. Who is she, is it not the same Americans who have destroyed Libya in the name of democracy? do they want to do the same to Zambia? ECL don’t be a puppet….good move!

    Raspower
    July 4, 2016 at 9:02 am
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  10. Its only a UPND Govt that would always jump at the mention of a whiteman’s name ( e.g The most stupid white man). Why should we cheapen our Presidency when our own African Presidents are seldom welcomed by US officials higher than Mayors ! Let that Asst Secretary or whatever she is called drop off the message to the gateman at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our President is busy with more important national issues !

    Wako ni Wako
    July 4, 2016 at 10:21 am
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  11. HH and these Diplomats made a pact to ensure recognition of Gay Rights in Zambia. Mmeembe was appointed focal point ( Or is it Anal Point ) person for Zambia. So when you see these gay diplomats start panicking they know whats up. Their smelly agenda wont eork when ECL takes over unless if HH and the fargots take over. Mwailasha bane

    Wako ni Wako
    July 4, 2016 at 10:26 am
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  12. wisdom is nice than rubbish words,you have debt to the same people,what about if they say give back my cash?and then you stil deserve them to complity your projects think as you comment on any matter,Zambia is she country not independent like Botswana.

    abel
    July 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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