22/02/2016: US CONGRESSMEN MEET WITH HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA
His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika in discussion with members of US Congress at Kamuzu Palace
Pic by Stanley Makuti
Lilongwe: US Congressmen, on Friday February 19, 2016, met with His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika for bilateral talks.
Speaking during the meeting at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, President Mutharika said he was very grateful for the support the US Government is rendering to the country.
The President said the US Government has helped and contributed to the development of the country. Amongst many areas of assistance he said the US is helping Malawi in the fight against HIV/AIDS, improvement of maternal health, as well as provision of relief aid to the people affected by the floods in the 2014/2015 rainy season. As a result, the President said the country is experiencing food shortage in some of the districts which were affected by the floods and the US Government has been there to help the country deal with the situation.
The President further said the US Government is providing assistance in fiscal matters in Malawi. The Malawi leader also thanked the US Government for the assistance provided to Malawi in its participation in peace-keeping in Africa where the Malawi Defense Force has performed with distinction.
In his remarks, leader of the six-member delegation from the House and the Senate, senior Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma said he was glad to meet the President face to face and have a discussion on how the two countries can further work together on development and other areas of cooperation.
“We came here because we love your President and the people of Malawi and to assure the President that the US Government is there to assist the people of this country,” said Senator Inhofe.
US Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, who was present at the meeting, said the US looks forward to seeing that the support it is giving the country goes a long way in assisting the needy and families affected by HIV/AIDS and to strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries. She said the US Government is committed to working with the Malawi Government in areas such as, education, health, agriculture, among others, for the benefit of its people and was looking at how the relationship can be expanded so that many Malawians can benefit.
She said the Congressmen did not only come to monitor on how the developmental projects are doing but also to appreciate the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
While in Malawi the Congressmen also met with Members of Parliament to discuss matters of mutual interest between Malawi and the US.