CUBA TO NAME NEW AMBASSADR TO ZAMBIA

LUSAKA– The Cuban government has appointed a new Ambassador to Zambia to succeed the former ambassador, Nelson Pages Vilas, who was expelled by the Zambian government for statements deemed interfering in domestic politics.

Angel Villa, Cuba’s ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Observer to the African Union in Addis Ababa, will act as Charge D’Affaires at the Cuban Embassy in Lusaka pending the appointment of the new Cuban ambassador-designate.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary in charge of International Relations and Co-operation Chalwe Lombe confirmed this development in a statement here.

Lombe said the Cuban government has assured Zambia that the long-standing relations which have existed since Zambian independence remain consolidated and that this step has been taken in order not to interrupt relations between the two countries.

He added that the Zambian government had since re-affirmed its commitment to the close bilateral ties with Cuba and to engage in further co-operation with the Caribbean island nation for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK