President Edgar Lungu has arrived in Luanda, Angola to attend an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of States of the Great Lakes Region (GLR) summit which opens here tomorrow.
The President arrived aboard the Challenger Jet at 4th February International airport in Luanda at 15. 50 local time.
The President was received by Angolan External Relations Minister Georges Pinto Chikoti, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s Ambassador to Angola Barbra Chilangwa, Senior Zambian and Angolan government officials.
President Lungu is accompanied by North Western Province Minister Dawson Kafwaya, Special Assistant for Press Amos Chanda and for Political Affairs Kaizer Zulu.
President Lungu will tomorrow attend the Extraordinary Summit at the Hotel Talatona and Conference Centre in Luanda along with 11 other Leaders of the Great Lakes Region whose main agenda is to discuss the turbulence in the region with the disturbances in Burundi being top on the Summit Agenda.
He was given a Salute Parade by the Angola Army Brigade while Zambians resident in Luanda welcomed him with songs and dance.
The President was the second Head of State to arrive after his counterpart from Congo Brazzaville Denise Sa Sasunguesso while South African President who has been invited to attend the Summit is expected to arrive later this evening.
President Lungu is expected to return home on Tuesday soon after the Summit.
Earlier today, president Edgar Lungu called for peace and reconciliation in the country.
President Lungu said that it is important that Zambia as a Christian nation should lead Christ like lives.
The Head of State said this in Solwezi this morning when he attended mass at St. Daniel Cathedral Parish.
President Lungu said he will address the plight of the people of North Western Province.
He said he will endeavour to work for the Province and improve on the road network, health and education.
In his Homily Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Solwezi Charles Kasonde called the congregants to promote the virtues of love by taking care of one another.
Bishop Kasonde said it is important to also be obedient and live by the commandments of God. He however called on President Lungu to consider the struggles and poverty levels of the people in the country.
The Bishop said the Road network in the district makes sad reading and the people of Solwezi deserve better.
He said it is his prayer that the Lord opens up the mind of the President to help the masses not only in North Western Province but in the entire country..
The bishop noted that the area is also in need of quality health services and a secondary school to cater for the ever increasing population.
The president was accompanied by six Deputy Ministers, namely : for Lands Davis Mwango, State House, Sata Mulenga, Labour Alfridah Kansembe, Foreign Affairs Rayford Mbulu, Finance, Christopher Mvunga and Dawson Kafwaya for North Western Province.
The President was also accompanied by his private secretaries and Deputy Secretary General of the Patriotic Front.
The President’s four day visit to the Province ended today.