By Chimwemwe Lusungu
President Peter Mutharika’s administration is defending its diplomatic relations with North Korea a week after that country’s envoy presented his letters of credence.
Many commentators in different media platforms condemned the current administration’s decision to accept an envoy from a country widely regarded as a rogue nation by the free world.
“The truth is that the relationship between Malawi and North Korea is 33 years old, from June 25, 1982. If there is any merit in the commentaries that a relationship between Malawi and North Korea offends the international community, it means all our five State Presidents in the last 33 years have committed this offense,” reads the statement in part.
“But, as everyone is aware, since 33 years ago the relationship between Malawi and North Korea has never been, and still is not, a consideration by the international community in their dealings with Malawi.”
The statement signed by the Minister of Information Kondwani Nakhumwa went out on to say that several influential members of the international community who cooperate with Malawi have diplomatic relations with North Korea.
“These countries are, among other things, playing a critical role in international relations by using their relations to engage with North Korea on the perspectives of the international community,” read the statement.