Sweden will not impose foreign aid fines on Zambia over its treatment of LGBTI people, despite it imposing 14-year prison sentences for sex between men.

The Zambian Government has indicated it will not decriminalise homosexuality because it runs against the teachings of the Bible.

Sweden’s ambassador Lena Nordstrom said that while Sweden respects the rights of LGBTI people, it will not force other countries to scrap their sodomy laws.

“Sweden enjoys cordial and warm relations with Zambia and it will not cut aid even if this country does not legalise the practice of homosexuality,” she told Zambian media.

“My Government respects human rights or the rights of people who practise homosexuality and lesbianism. Although it does this, it will not cut aid to Zambia but will continue respecting and supporting the country in her development agenda.”

Nordstrom’s comments appear to run contrary to a 2009 threat by Sweden to suspend $50 million dollars in aid to nearby Uganda if it passed its so called Anti-Homosexuality Bill which would impose the death penalty on LGBTIs in certain circumstances.

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