FOREIGN Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Stanley Kakubo says former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair will hold a consultative meeting with President Hakainde Hichilema tomorrow.
In a statement, Tuesday, Kakubo said Blair’s visit was a mark of confidence in the new administration and presented an opportunity to engage with strategic partners.
He said Blair was scheduled to leave Zambia tomorrow.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to inform the nation that His Excellency Mr Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is expected in Zambia today, 28th September, 2021 on an official visit. While in Zambia, Mr Blair will hold a consultative meeting with Mr Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia on Wednesday, 29th September 2021 at State House in Lusaka. The visit to Zambia by Mr Blair is a mark of confidence in the new administration. It presents the new dawn government with an opportunity to engage with strategic partners as it works to achieve the goal of economic transformation for the benefit of the people of Zambia. Mr Blair is scheduled to leave Zambia on Wednesday 29th September, 2021,” said Kakubo.
“Mr Blair served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 200u. Credited as one of the longest serving Labour Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Mr Blair presided over the uninterrupted economic growth during his tenure, among other achievements. Politically, Mr Blair played a pivotal role in restoring peace to Northern Ireland, securing the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Currently, Mr Blair served as Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a non-profit organisation founded in 2018 which seeks to support political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies in a globalised world. The organisation has operations in 14 African nations, the UK, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel.”