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    Ambassadors representing four countries from different parts of the world Tuesday April 9 2024 presented respective letters of credence to the state president Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe as they officially commence their diplomatic missions in the country.

    The four new but non-resident envoys are; Ms. Evelyn Butoyi from the Republic of Burundi who will be based in Lusaka, Zambia; and Dr. Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay from the Republic of Gambia; Ms. Sara Valdes Bolano from the United Mexican States, and Ms. Natividad Isabel Pena Bonilla, from the Kingdom of Spain, will all be resident in Pretoria, South Africa. These envoys are residents in other countries albeit designated to Malawi as well.

    Speaking soon after presenting her letters of credence to the president, Gambia High Commissioner to Malawi Dr. Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay praised President Chakwera for his tendency of promoting women to higher public positions.

    The Gambian envoy to Malawi expressed satisfaction with the cordial relationship prevailing between the two nations.

    “It is gratifying to note that Malawi and the Gambia have always maintained cordial relations, guided by the spirit of the South-South Cooperation and the lofty ideals of the Pan-Africanism,” said Ceesay.

    Furthermore, Ceesay noted that, despite the long geographical distance between the two nations, Malawi and Gambia share common values. She rated both nations as countries known and respected for their strong democratic credentials, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

    Ceesay highlighted some potential areas of cooperation between the two countries which include mining, higher education, tourism and agriculture.

    Taking her turn, Ms. Natividad Isabel Pena Bonilla from the Kingdom of Spain said her main mission is to improve trade between the two countries.

    Bonilla added that she suggested to the president to introduce a centre of languages where Malawians can go to learn Spaniard.

    “We also want to work together to empower youths between the two countries, you know youths are the future of our two nations,” she said.

    Speaking to the media, Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Kasunda said Malawi is not an island hence the need for more partners.

    “The president recently launched Agriculture, Tourism and Mining (ATM) Strategy and for us to achieve that, we need to go into cooperation with different countries,” he said.

    Diplomatic missions are crucial as they represent the home country in the host nation thereby protecting the interests of citizens in both countries.

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