Lungu toasts Zambia, Malawi relations


PRESIDENT Lungu says Government cherishes the cordial relations and co-operation between Zambia and Malawi which are deeply rooted in shared cultural and political history.
President Lungu said the warm relations between the neighbouring countries have been further strengthened by high-level interaction at various forums such as the African Union (AU), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Commonwealth.
The President was speaking in Lusaka on Friday at a State banquet held in honour of his Malawian counterpart Peter Mutharika and Mrs Gertrude Mutharika.
“It is therefore the desire of Government that our two countries continue to collaborate in areas of both economic and political interest. Let us continue to speak with one voice on matters of mutual interest as we take advantage of these groupings in order to provide leverage to improve the living standards of our people,” President Lungu said.
He said the relations between Zambia and Malawi go beyond the common border to the international arena where they share common views and positions.
President Lungu said Zambia and Malawi are both supportive of international efforts aimed at the peaceful resolution of conflicts in African and elsewhere in the world through advocacy and support shown for peacekeeping missions to affected countries in the SADC region and Africa as a whole.
“Both Zambia and Malawi have demonstrated the passion for peace and stability as exhibited by the co-existence since we both attained independence.  Zambia remains committed to further enhancing the bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries and its people,” he said.
And Professor Mutharika said both Malawi and Zambia have achieved a lot in the area of economic and political stages in the more than 50 years of independence.
Prof Mutharika said there are still more opportunities that exist between the two countries for further cooperation in agriculture, tourism, mining, sports, defence and security.
He also thanked Government for rendering assistance to Malawi during the death of its president Bingu Wa Mutharika by donating fuel as well as donating maize when the country was affected by floods.

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