Marking the 55th anniversary of Zambia’s independence, the nation’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday praised relations between the two countries.

Delivering a speech in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, marking Oct. 24, Zambia’s Independence Day, Joseph Chilengi gave special thanks for Turkey’s support to the Zambian mission since it opened over five years ago.

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