Lungu, Ramaphosa ce­ment ties

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By MUKOSELA KASALWE

PRES­I­DENT Edgar Lungu says Zam­bia and South Africa con­tinue to en­joy eco­nomic and in­vest­ment re­la­tions.

Pres­i­dent Lungu met his South African coun­ter­part, Cyril Ramaphosa yes­ter­day in Pretoria.

The Head of State was ac­com­pa­nied by For­eign Af­fairs min­is­ter Joe Malanji, Pres­i­den­tial Af­fairs min­is­ter Free­dom Sikazwe and Zam­bia’s High Com­mis­sioner to South Africa, Em­manuel Mwamba.

He said the two coun­tries shared his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural and en­joyed trade and in­vest­ment re­la­tions.

‘‘Zam­bia and South Africa en­joy trade and in­vest­ment re­la­tions and a long his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural re­la­tions,’’ he said.

Pres­i­dent Lungu con­grat­u­lated Mr Ramaphosa for his elec­tion as ANC Pres­i­dent dur­ing the 54th ANC Con­fer­ence held at NAS­REC Jo­han­nes­burg in De­cem­ber 2017.

He also con­grat­u­lated Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa in his even­tual elec­tion by Par­lia­ment as Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of South Africa.

Pres­i­dent Lungu also reaf­firmed the close re­la­tions and mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Zam­bia and South Africa.

And Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said Zam­bia and South Africa en­joyed his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural and good eco­nomic re­la­tions.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa is the cur­rent Chair­per­son of SADC while Pres­i­dent Lungu is Deputy Chair for SADC Or­gan on Politics and De­fence.

For­eign Af­fairs min­is­ter Joe Malanji

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