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War will not affect aid to Malawi—UK

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The British High Commission in Malawi has said the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine will not affect her country’s support to Malawi.

The sentiments were said in Blantyre by the UK’s Chargé d’affaires to Malawi Fiona Richie on Wednesday during Queen Elizabeth II birthday celebrations.

Since the war started in Ukraine on February 24, Ukraine allies such as the United Kingdom have been channeling support to the country to combat the invasion, raising fears that some countries needing aid may suffer in the process.

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Speaking after the celebrations, Richie said the UK remains committed to Malawi and the country has got programmes which will continue being implemented.

“We are not leaving Malawi anytime soon and we will continue to invest UK resources in terms of expertise and people-to-people relationship but it is a global challenge that we are facing with Russia but we are here until the war ends and beyond,” she said.

On the celebrations of the Queen’s birthday, she described the Queen as someone who has been a global force of change in the past 70 years.

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Commenting on the recent developments where the UK government is working with Malawi Government in fighting corruption such as the arrest of a corruption suspect Zuneth Sattar, the Charge d’affaires said it remains committed to fighting corruption.

“The UK remains in support of the Malawi government in fighting against corruption and we work closely with government agencies to ensure that Malawi’s public services are accountable to its people,” she said.

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving monarch, having been born 96 years ago, and ascended to the thrown when she was 25 years old and, every year, Malawi celebrates her birthday.

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