Democratic Republic of Congo DRC ) President Joseph Kabila has arrived in the country to officially open the Zambia International Trade Fair ZITF in Ndola on the Copperbelt tomorrow.
Mr Kabia arrived to aÂ thunderous welcome and was received by his counterpart
President Levy Mwanawasa at Ndola International Airport this afternoon.
ZANIS reports that upon arrival, Mr. Kabila who is leading a high powered
delegation, inspected a guard of honour mounted by the 1st Battalion Zambia Army
Regiment and was also given a 21-gun salute.
Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, members of Parliament, senior Government officials, Congolese nationals based in Zambia and MMD party cadres were at hand to witness the arrival of President Kabila.
While at the airport, the two leaders also watched some traditional dances performed
by both Congolese and Zambian cultural dancers before being driven away to Kabelenga
and Bank of Zambia Guest houses respectively where they will be during their stay.
According to today’s programme, Mr Mwanawasa and his Congolese counterpart are this eveningÂ expected to attend a State Banquet at Savoy Hotel.
During the official opening of the Zambia International Trade Fair, Mr. Kabila is
also expected to present awards to winners in exhibition categories before departure
for home tommorrow at 15.30 hours.