SA, Zam­bia take bi­lat­eral re­la­tions to next level

Vuk'uzenzele - - Grenlaetriaonls -

South Africa and Zam­bia have com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions on the re­gion’s com­mon agenda re­lat­ing to peace, se­cu­rity and eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion.

The com­mit­ments were made be­tween Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, chair of the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) and Zam­bian Pres­i­dent Edgar Chagwa Lungu dur­ing a cour­tesy visit.

Zam­bia is set to take over from An­gola as the in­com­ing chair of the Or­gan on Pol­i­tics, De­fence and Se­cu­rity Co-op­er­a­tion.

The meet­ing formed part of Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa’s cur­rent round of con­sul­ta­tions with lead­ers of SADC mem­ber states. Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa re­cently vis­ited An­gola, Namibia and Botswana.

“His­toric re­la­tions be­tween South Africa and Zam­bia were con­cre­tised when the African Na­tional Congress es­tab­lished its head­quar­ters in Lusaka dur­ing our shared strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion. This led to the ex­ist­ing deep and solid bonds of friend­ship be­tween the peo­ples of South Africa and Zam­bia,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

Struc­tured bi­lat­eral co-op­er­a­tion be­tween South Africa and Zam­bia for­merly took place un­der the frame­work of the Joint Com­mis­sion for Co-op­er­a­tion (JCC), which was signed on 18 Oc­to­ber 2005.

Dur­ing the se­cond ses­sion of the JCC held in Zam­bia from 9 to 11 Oc­to­ber 2017, the two coun­tries agreed to el­e­vate the JCC to a Bi-Na­tional Com­mis­sion (BNC). South Africa is ex­pected to host the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of the BNC in 2018.

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