Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Passing of H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia
1. On receiving the news of the passing of H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, the Government of Japan expresses sincere condolences to his bereaved family and the Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia.
2. President Sata advocated people-led economic growth and development and was committed to Zambia’s social and economic development. In addition, he made a working visit to Japan in 2012 and participated in the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in Yokohama in June 2013. In these and other ways, he made tremendous contributions not only to advancing bilateral relations between Japan and Zambia, but also to promoting the TICAD process that Japan advocates for.
3. The Government of Japan offers its heartfelt prayers for the repose of President Sata’s soul and wishes that the Government of Zambia and its people will overcome this sadness and continue to progress toward the further development and prosperity of Zambia.