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Zim Ambassador to Malawi engages the Diplomatic Corps

The Zimbabwe Ambassador to Malawi, Her Excellency Dr. Nancy Saungweme, who is also the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Malawi, on Tuesday, engaged her fellow diplomats at her residence, a move that has united the diplomatic community in the country.

Sixteen countries including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Germany, Ireland, India, Norway, Iceland, South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania, were represented by respective diplomats. Africa Union was also represented by the organisation’s Information and Communication specialist.

In her maiden speech as the new dean Dr Saungweme urged the Diplomatic Corps to work as a team in order to serve the interests of the people as well as promoting trade between Malawi and their respective countries..

“I welcome you all to this meeting, the first one since my appointment and I want to encourage the Diplomatic Corps in Malawi to work as a family so as to bring out our best in this country,” Dr Saungweme said.

“Zimbabwe and Malawi have a shared history since the time of the Federation so I feel at home here. My President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) has made it clear that the Second Republic’s foreign policy direction will be premised on the mantra that Zimbabwe is a friend to all and an enemy to none and let me take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you all to see how you can promote investment with my country,” she said.

Dr. Saungweme also highlighted the importance of having a single diplomatic voice when addressing issues in the host country.

“As the Dean I will be your mouthpiece and we will try to resolve all issues that affect the diplomatic community.”

“I will work with my deputy, the Irish Ambassador, to make sure that issues are communicated effectively with our host nation.”

The Diplomats pledged to continue working with Malawi and continue pushing for improved bilateral relations with Lilongwe.