MUNIDE ZULU, Lusaka
ZAMBIANS are indebted to God for a land of peace and unity, where democracy, patriotism and prosperity are blossoming to take the nation to a higher level says Zambiaâ€™s ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga
Ms Mulenga was speaking during Zambiaâ€™s independence golden jubilee celebration in Ankara, Turkey.
According to a statement issued by deputy head of mission in Turkey, Bwalya Nondo, Ms Mulenga noted that given Zambiaâ€™s political, social and economic disposition, the nation would continue to make significant developmental strides to achieve the vision of becoming a middle income country by 2030.
â€œIt is a source of pride because of the peaceÂ Â enjoyed since independence.Â Zambia not only played a pivotal role on the global stage in brokering peace, but also hosted thousands of refugees who sought shelter in Zambia,â€ she said.
She expressed confidence that with peace being an important catalyst for development, Zambia will continue to remain an ideal investment and tourism destination of choice.
â€œZambia would continue to uphold tenets of good governance and provide necessary pillars that will hold firmly democratic principles that are crucial to maintaining political stability and tranquillity, which our country is renowned for,â€ she said.Â She hailed the cordial bilateral ties between Zambia and Turkey, noting that bonds between the two countries have been enhanced with the opening of missions in the two countries to deepen development cooperation.
In congratulating Zambia for attaining 50 years of independence, Turkeyâ€™s Interior Minister Afkan Ala said Turkey admired the developmental strides that Zambia is making.
Mr Ala is pleased with the cooperation between the two countries which are growing from strength to strength.
He commended Ms Mulenga for working hard to cement relations between Zambia and Turkey.
Zambiaâ€™s music sensation Pompi and the Zambia National Service cultural troupe thrilled more than 250 guests who attended the celebration.
MUNIDE ZULU, Lusaka