Foreign Affairs Minister Wylbur Simuusa says Zambia has used her position as president of the State Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of Cluster Munitions to lobby African countries to ratify the document.
Mr Simuusa said Zambia took advantage of the 22nd African Union Summit to urge the remaining eleven African countries to ratify the convention before the presidency is handed-over to Costa Rica in September this year.
Mr Simuusa said this when he briefed Zambian journalists who attended the 22nd AU Summit in Addis Ababa yesterday.
The Foreign Affairs minister said it was important that the remaining African countries are encouraged to ratify the convention as a gesture of support to efforts being made to achieve the set goals in the convention.
And Mr Simuusa said Zambia has continued to win the respect of most countries on the international scene because of the peace and stability that the country has continued to enjoy.
“During the just ended AU Summit, as a country we received a lot of interest from various countries that wanted to meet our delegation and for us its a mark of the respect that the country has on the international scene”, said Mr Simuusa.
Mr Simuusa said he held bilateral talks with officials from five countries including the British government and New Zealand who have separately shown interest to assist the country in the development of an effective data entry system and equipment for value addition in the beef industry respectively.
Mr Simuusa was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 22nd AU Summit and was accompanied to the briefing by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susan Sikaneta.