Zambian VP Scott Hold Talks With Mutharika
Lilongwe — Zambia's Vice President Dr. Guy Scott on Tuesday held talks with President Professor Peter Mutharika in Blantyre.
According to a press statement from the press office of Zambia's Vice president, Dr. Scott arrived in Malawi on Monday evening and was met by an official of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Hon. Henry Mussa and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary George Mkondiwa.
After the meeting, Dr. Scott said Zambia had come to pay a courtesy call on President Prof. Mutharika to congratulate him on his victory in the May 20, 2014 elections.
He said: "Zambia and Malawi share a common history and cooperate in several areas, with the people in the two countries engaging in trade at various levels."
Dr. Scott said Zambia was ready to continue building on the ties that already existed between the two countries.
On his part, Pro. Mutharika expressed gratitude to Scott and the people of Zambia for the gesture, and emphasized the need for the two countries to work together for the betterment of the their people.
"My government is ready to boost the cordial relations that have existed between Malawi and Zambia for decades," said Prof. Mutharika.
Dr. Scott left for Zambia immediately after the talks.
And in a related development, Zambia's President on Wednesday congratulated his Malawian counterpart Professor Peter Mutharika on his election victory in the country's just ended tripartite elections. Sata, in a statement made available to Malawi News Agency from Zambia State House, said Prof. Mutharika's victory was an attestation of the confidence the people of Malawi had entrusted in him to guide them on the path to prosperity. "The peaceful process of the change of power demonstrates the maturity of democracy in Malawi as well as the aspirations of the people of Malawi to live in continued peace and harmony.
"As the Malawian people celebrate the victory, I wish to reaffirm my government's desire to maintain the excellent fraternal relations that already exist between our two sisterly countries," President Sata said.
The statement quoted Sata as saying he looked forward to working closely with Prof. Mutharika in exploring new areas of cooperation for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
"Please accept, Your Excellency and Dear Brother, my best wishes for your personal good health as well as success in discharging the functions of the highest office in the Republic of Malawi," Sata said in the statement.