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FRENCH Republican President Emmanuel Macron has received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors representing sixty countries from across the globe.
This was the first time the French President received such a huge number of Ambassadors in a single day since he assumed office in 2017.
The French President welcomed them all and spoke highly of the ties among the countries and how they could achieve through greater collaboration.
Receiving letters of credence from the Ambassadors in intervals at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, President Macron hailed and expressed gratitude to their respective governments for entrusting them to represent their countries in France.
The French President however, commended the Ambassadors for their relentless pursuit of efficiency despite the continued disruption from the Protest Movement “Gilets Jaunes” in French, also known as the “Yellow Vests”
“I wish to acknowledge the strides you’ve made since you all assumed office despite having been given limitations, you continued representing your countries diligently. I am also aware of the close cooperation you’ve had with the Elysee Palace, but I must hasten to say that I apologise for the delay” The French President added.
And whilst welcoming Her Excellency Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Zambia, President Macron stressed the importance of sustaining the longstanding ties between the two (2) countries.
In her remarks, Ambassador Dr. Kaseba-Sata said she was delighted to be in France and thanked President Emmanuel Macron for the warm reception accorded her and the delegation.
Ambassador Dr. Kaseba-Sata conveyed warm sentiments on behalf of his counterpart Zambia’s Republican President Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu and thereby extending an invitation for the French President to visit Zambia.
“Zambia is endowed with rich Natural Resources like the Victoria Falls and hence Your Excellency as you plan to visit Africa, kindly consider Zambia on your priority list so that you also get to visit one of the seven (7) Natural Wonders of the World. The Victoria Falls”. Ambassador Dr. Kaseba-Sata said.
The Zambian Envoy, who could not hide her Joy upon presenting her letters of credence said she was hopeful of a profound and dynamic relationship between the two countries in the coming years.
Ambassador Dr. Kaseba-Sata also whispered to the French President with regard to Zambia’s enthusiasm to strengthen the economic relations between the two (2) countries, mainly in the areas of trade and investment.
The ceremony ended with a celebratory “vin d’honneur” as a final tradition honoured to the Ambassadors
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