President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday welcomed new ambassadors from Japan, Russia, Thailand, Iran and Philippines at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
As they presented their letters, the envoys said they are eager to forge lasting bi-lateral relations with Malawi.
On his part, Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Iwakiri said his country wants to continue the good relations that the two countries already share.
He said: “We plan to expand co operations, between Malawi and Japan by carrying out developmental projects in areas such as agriculture and infrastructure.”
Russian Ambassador Nikolai V Krasilnikov emphasised the importance of developing partnerships in social-economic spheres.
“We are ready to facilitate development of bilateral relations through investment in technology, mining, energy and Agriculture,” he stated.
Thailand Ambassador Komate Kamalavin said his focus will not only be on fostering government relations, but building people-to-people relationships with the citizens of Malawi.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila said Malawi seeks to maintain good relations with other countries to provide its citizens with better opportunities in areas such as trade, investments and education.
“Each country has something to offer Malawi in terms of expertise, such as Thailand in agro-processing, Japan in infrastructural development and Russia in ICT,” he explained. Four of the envoys, with the exception of Japan, will be based in other countries.