United States to build new embassy in Lilongwe

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The United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer on Monday announced her Government’s plans to construct a new embassy in the capital Lilongwe.

President Mutharika and US Emvoy Palmer President Mutharika and US Emvoy Palmer

Palmer said the two governments have already signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the acquisition of property on which to build the structure which will be located along the Presidential Road.  

The envoy said the current US Embassy chancery, built in the early 1970s, no longer provides adequate space for their expanding work in Malawi.  

She added that the new, state-of-the-art US Embassy compound will be ready for occupancy early in the next decade.

“The United States has been a steadfast partner in Malawi’s development since independence in 1964.  I am delighted that my government has committed to building a new US Embassy in Lilongwe as a very physical demonstration of our ongoing commitment to our partnership with Malawi,” said Ambassador Palmer.

The United States has an active Peace Corps program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, and an Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Malawi.

Malawi is the first southern African country to receive peacekeeping training under the US-sponsored African Crisis Response Force Initiative (ACRI) and has joined the successor program, African Contingency Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA). It has an active slate of peacetime engagement military-to-military programs.

The two countries maintain a continuing dialogue through diplomatic representatives and periodic visits by senior officials.

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