Malawi President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has called upon Russia and Ukraine to cease any form of aggression against each other and seek lasting solutions to build peace.
Earlier this week Russia invaded Ukraine from various border posts courting the displeasure of the international community, constituting of nations and key global stakeholders including North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato), United Nations and African Union among others.
President Chakwera, who is also SADC chairperson, advised Russia to use its might to find a peaceful resolution to its grievances against its smaller neighbor.
His sentiments, he said, align to the diplomatic posture that Malawi has taken for decades which seeks peace above anything else.
“We do this in recognition of the fact that Malawi’s peaceful posture towards other nations involves promoting peace between all nations. We also do this as a nation that has maintained peaceful relations with its neighbors throughout its history, as a peaceful regional leader in Southern Africa, and as a peacemaking member of the UN Human Rights Council,” reads part of the statement which he posted on his official Facebook page.
President Chakwera reiterated Malawi’s support to calls by the international community demanding Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine.