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Zambia, Turkey talk defence, security

RAYMOND DAKA  -Lusaka
DEPUTY Minister of Defence Christopher Mulenga has arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara for a visit aimed at strengthening cooperation in defence and security between Zambia and Turkey.
This is contained in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by deputy head of mission to Turkey Bwalya Nondo.
Mr Nondo said during the three-day visit, Mr Mulenga is expected to confer with Turkey’s Deputy Minister of National Defence Hasan Kemal Yardimci and work on the finalisation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence and security between the two countries.
He said Mr Mulenga will also be taken on a conducted tour of factories including textile industries under the auspices of Turkey’s Ministry of Defence.
Mr Nondo said Mr Mulenga will tour some of Turkey’s sites of historical importance such as the mausoleum where the country’s founding President, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is buried, in Ankara.
And Zambia’s ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga has expressed satisfaction with the pace at which relations between Zambia and Turkey are growing.
Ms Mulenga said Turkey is a true development ally and expressed optimism that the joint permanent commission which is expected to be established soon will enhance relations between the two countries.
Mr Mulenga is accompanied by Zambia Air Force Deputy commander David Muma, Zambia National Service Deputy commandant Alick Kamiji, and Brigadier General Martin Mumbi from the Zambia Army.

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