President Edgar Lungu has returned home from South Africa where he went for a one-day state visit at the invitation of his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma.
The Presidential Challenger jet carrying President Lungu touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at about 20:24 hours.
The President was welcomed back to Zambia by Vice President, Inonge Wina, Patriotic Front Secretary General, Davies Chama, Community Development, Minister Emerine Kabanshi, State House Deputy Minister, Mulenga Sata, Lusaka Province Minister, Obvious Mwaliteta, Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, and other senior party and government officials.
The President told journalists at the airport that he had fruitful talks with President Jacob Zulu in Pretoria, South Africa, on various matters.
President Lungu said the South African Head of state, who is also Chairperson for politics in the region assures him of his friendship.
He said President Zuma also assured him that the African National Congress (ANC) will work with the ruling PF party.
President Lungu was invited to South Africa last month by Mr Zuma for an official visit when the two heads of states met during the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.
The Zambian Head of State was accompanied to South Africa by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba, his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda and his Political Advisor Kaizer Zulu.
Earlier, President Edgar Lungu and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, have expressed satisfaction over growing bilateral cooperation between Zambia and South Africa.
The two Heads of State have further committed themselves to enhancing the strategic cooperation and partnership between the two countries.
Briefing the Press after a closed-door meeting at the Parliament Building in Cape Town, South Africa, today, the two Heads of State said the meeting gave them an opportunity to discuss bilateral,
regional and international issues.
They acknowledged that the long-standing Zambian support for the liberation struggle in South Africa led to the establishment of deep mutual bonds between the peoples of the two countries.
The Heads of State further committed themselves to working together on regional matters especially the SADC integration.
The Presidents also reaffirmed the importance of the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation (JPCC) which was signed in 2005 and further directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations
and Cooperation to convene an inaugural session of the JPCC in 2015.
President Lungu noted that the meeting accorded the two leaders a chance to exchange views on the prevailing political, economic and security situation in the region with focus in the Eastern part of the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Lesotho.
He also commended President Zuma for the role he plays as Chair of the SADC organs on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and the role South Africa plays in helping Lesotho with its political and security challenges.
Meanwhile, President Zuma has extended an invitation to President Lungu for a State visit in the second half of this year, 2015.
President Zuma further added that South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkona-Mashabani and Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba have been assigned to ensure the existing bilateral relations between the two countries are further increased for the betterment of the two countries’ citizenry.
After briefing the journalists, President Lungu was interviewed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which lasted for more than 20 minutes, on various issues pertaining to Zambia’s development.