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Lungu, Mutharika call for closer ties

PRESIDENT Lungu and his Malawian counterpart, Peter Mutharika, have called for closer co-operation between the two landlocked countries to enhance development.
The two made the call last night when they held bilateral talks at State House in Lusaka.
President Lungu said Zambia can learn something from Malawi, especially in agriculture, because of that country’s advancements in the sector.
Mr Lungu said there is also a need to make the most of natural resources such as land and water.
“There is a lot of land and water and there is need to maximise their use, especially with an aim to increase agricultural production,” he said.
President Lungu thanked President Mutharika for accepting his invitation to grace the 89th Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka today.
And Prof Mutharika, who arrived yesterday for a two-day State visit, said Zambia and Malawi share a lot of history which needs to be enhanced through co-operation in sectors like agriculture, infrastructure and mining.
He said Malawi is building a dry port which is going to be one of the biggest in the region and that Zambia could make use of it.
Prof Mutharika said the two countries could further co-operate in the railway sector.
He said he always feels at home when he is in Zambia because of the ties the countries share.
“There are Lungus, Bandas and Tembos in Malawi. I feel at home here,” he said.
Prof Mutharika also said he was grateful for the importation of 30,000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia after his country suffered droughts and floods in the 2014/15 farming season.
On arrival, Prof Mutharika was received at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by President Lungu.
Prof Mutharika, who is accompanied by his wife Getrude and other government officials, inspected a guard of honour mounted in his honour by the Zambia Army.
Others on hand to receive President Mutharika were ministers of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula, Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda and Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri.

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