CUBAN GOVT APOLOGIZES TO ZAMBIA OVER CONDUCT OF ITS EXPELLED DIPLOMAT

LUSAKA, — The Cuban government has apologised to Zambia over the conduct of its expelled former ambassador, Nicolas Pages Vilas.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joe Malanji, who disclosed this to journalists in Lusaka Thursday, added that the former ambassador had also apologized to the Zambian government in his personal capacity.

Malanji said the attacks by some sections of society on the government over its decision to revoke the former Cuban ambassador’s credentials were inappropriate and misplaced.

He said article 41 of the Viena Convention is clear on how diplomats are supposed to conduct themselves.

The Zambian government announced on Sunday that it had expelled the Cuban ambassador “for conduct likely to jeopardize relations between Zambia and Cuba”.

Presidential press aide Amos Chanda said the government directed the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to write to the Cuban government to recall its ambassador.

Chanda stressed that diplomats are not allowed to engage in partisan politics and support the opposition while there is a sitting government and that the conduct exhibited by Pages of attending the launch of a political party and subsequently pledging his support for the party not only does not sit well with the Zambian government but is also a breach of diplomatic guidelines.

Pages on Saturday attended the launch of the newly formed Socialist Party of Zambia by Fred M’membe, a former editor-in-chief of Post Newspapers, which is in liquidation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK