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Burundi crisis to top Luanda talks

CHISHALA MUSONDA, Luanda, Angola
THE Burundi coup d’état in which President Pierre Nkurunziza has reportedly been toppled is expected to take centre stage at the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) extraordinary summit, which opens  here today.
And President Lungu is expected in the Angolan capital, Luanda, on Sunday to attend the ICGLR summit scheduled for Monday.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Angola Barbara Chilangwa told journalists here yesterday that the toppling of reported overthrow of Mr Nkurunzinza is expected to be tabled at the ICGLR summit as heads of State and Government discuss security concerns in the region.
“President Lungu is expected to attend an extraordinary summit and the focus of the summit will be security, humanitarian situation in the Great Lakes Region in particular, focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Central African Republic and also the situation in Kenya, where there were terrorist attacks.
“Burundi is very much part of the agenda because of the latest situation and all these rumours we are reading about and also the upcoming elections,” Mrs Chilangwa said.
She said this is a crucial meeting for the ICGLR Presidents as they consult one another on how best to improve security and trade in the region.
And Zambia’s national coordinator for the ICGLR Solomon Mumbi said matters of security are of importance, which heads of state and government have to look at and discuss.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba is expected here today for the foreign affairs ministers’ meeting at the ICGLR before Monday’s summit, which President Lungu will attend.
President Lungu is also expected to address Zambians residents in Angola later on Monday night.


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