Government has reiterated its commitment in holding annual dialogue sessions with the European Union (EU) ambassadors in order to enhance understanding between Europe and Zambia.
Speaking during the official opening of the EU- Zambia dialogue meeting, Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba said government will regularly engage with the EU in a bid to foster mutual understanding between Europe and Zambia.
Mr Kalaba noted that the annual dialogue sessions between Zambia and EU ambassadors are important as the sessions create a platform to take stock of the progress made on the essential elements of the Cotonou agreement.
He explained that under Article 8 of the Çotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) provides for holding periodic political dialogue with a view of exchanging high level international information on important matters of mutual benefits.
The Foreign Affairs minister emphasised that dialogue should cover issues of human rights, good governance, migration and the rule of law.
Mr Kalaba said Africa and Europe should continue working towards strengthening the existing partnership between the two continents.
He said the two continents should exploit the opportunities that the new world order offers.
Mr Kalaba said the hosting of the dialogue meeting is a clear demonstration of governments desire to nurture and strengthen the long standing partnership.
And EU representative to Zambia Gilles Hervio stated that trade and investment has been cardinal in cementing the existing relationship between Zambia and Europe.
He said Zambia is the most attractive country to invest in as evidence by the high number of European business missions coming to invest in Zambia.
Mr Hervio said the two continents need each other to foster trade relationships.