President Peter Mutharika Tuesday received letters of credence from United States of America (USA) Ambassador Robert Scott and Indian High Commissioner Anurag Bhushan, with the two envoys pledging improved relations between Malawi and their countries.
Speaking to journalists after presenting his letters, Scott said his country would ensure that the partnership between the two countries thrives.
“I am extremely pleased to be here. My focus, going forward, with my team is to support democratic, economic and social development of your country. We are so proud to partner your country. In my first three weeks, I have been amazed with the depth of our partnership,” he said.
Scott said he was happy that Malawi had qualified for Millennium Challenge Compact again.
“it is an exciting development for us the fact that Malawi has qualified for the second compact; as you know, the first compact concluded. We are also engaged in health, you know, we spend out $200 million on various programmes,” he said.
Bhushan said he had a fruitful meeting with Mutharika and hoped to see promote relations between the two countries.
“It has been a wonderful meeting with the President. I hope that, for the next three years that I will be here, we would see significant development of relations between India and Malawi. My presence is a renewed commitment that India has towards developmental partnership between the two countries.
“This year, our relationship is a multi-dimensional one; obviously, the developmental partnership is a very important asset of our relationship. We have $180 million worth of projects around the county but, as you recall, last year our vice-president visited the country and announced a project largely centred on drinking water which is important for us all,” he said.
Bhushan replaces Suresh Kumar Menon while Scott replaces Virgina Palmer.