RESPONSE TO US PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER’S WELCOME REMARKS

Mr. President, Madam Carter, sisters and brothers:

I welcome this opportunity of visiting the United States this year. Your words of welcome are most touching, and your thoughts about me and my country, very kind indeed. The warm and friendly reception extended to me, two of my children, and my entire delegation, is memorable. I bring friendly greetings from the people of Zambia to the people of the United States.


This is not my first visit to this great country, but being in the United States today is not the same thing, is not the same thing as being here a few years ago. There is an air of freshness which is invigorating to all those who are committed to the cause of man the world over. This new atmosphere which has brought America closer to many nations, nations which hitherto had been estranged, is the product, is the product of President Carter.


His spirit and principles have brought inspiration to many nations, particularly in the Third World and among the oppressed. He has given new hopes for improved relations and cooperation between America and Africa and the rest of the Third World.


Since coming into office, President Carter has played host to a number of African leaders. His epoch-making visit to Africa signifies a new recognition of the importance of Africa to America, just as we have always recognized the importance of America to Africa.


We welcome this new approach to Africa’s problems. Naturally, Africa expects more from a great country like America, for the challenges of the future are too serious to be ignored, too great, too great to be left to chance, too urgent, too urgent to be left to time.


Africa is growing stronger by the day. Through the development of her vast resources, Africa’s contribution to peace and the well-being of mankind is growing. The people of Africa are now a decisive force in the maintenance of international peace and security.


So, Africa is no longer of interest only to multinational corporations but is also important in the maintenance of peace the world over. President Carter’s Africa policy reflects a new realism on the part of the American Government in dealing with issues concerning Africa.


We in Zambia will always, Mr. President, support any efforts aimed at creating greater understanding, unity, and cooperation among various peoples of the world without regard to race, color, creed, or station in life.
We therefore look forward to a very fruitful visit, not only to Washington, D.C., but to the various States in the next few days.
Once again, Mr. President, I thank you for this memorable and touching reception. May God bless you and all the good people of your country and thank you.

Note: President Carter and President Kaunda spoke at 10:35 a.m. in the East Room at the White House.