MALAWI. Lilongwe. Malawi’s president Lazarus Chakwera says his country plans to establish an embassy in Jerusalem as a way of strengthening relations with Israel.
The leader of the African nation released this statement on 4 Sept. in his first State of the Nation Address to parliament since being elected.
Malawi’s Diplomatic Missions
The opening of the Israel embassy will be part of Malawi’s repositioning in the global community, which will also include having diplomatic offices in Lagos, Nigeria. “I will be sharing more details about this in the near future,” the president said.
Currently, Malawi has diplomatic missions in major global economic countries and cities including Berlin, Brussels, Beijing, London, Washington D.C., the UN in New York City, and others.
Chakwera is a preacher with the Assemblies of God Church and had made personal visits to Israel ahead of his election in June of this year.
Reforming Foreign Affairs
Among other reforms, the Malawi government plans to introduce an electronic passport and dual nationality. According to the laws of Malawi, none of its citizens have been allowed to hold dual citizenship up to this point.
Former President Peter Mutharika was forced to renounce his United States greencard to contest the 2015 presidential election, in which he ousted the at the time president Joyce Banda.