President Edgar Lungu has held bilateral talks with King Salman Abdul Aziz Al Saud in the Saudi Arabian resort city of Jeddah.
President Lungu, who was accorded the Kingdom’s highest royal protocols, arrived at the Royal Court Palace at 12:30 Zambian time and was met by the King before the Saudi Arabian armed forces sung the two countries’ national anthem.
The President was later taken to a hall where a state banquet was held in his honour.
President Lungu later held closed door bilateral talks with King Abdul Aziz which lasted over 30 minutes.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda has told journalists that the two heads of states discussed issues of mutual interest such as fuel, security, diplomacy and agriculture.
Mr. Chanda said during the meeting, the Saudi King directed the Saudi Fund for Development and the Saudi Investment Agency to expedite the construction of the multi million kwacha hospital to be specialised in women and children.
He revealed that the two leaders agreed that the hospital be constructed this year in Lusaka and it will be named after King Abdul Aziz.
Mr. Chanda said the Saudi King also offered to help train and equip Zambia’s security forces with latest technology.
Meanwhile, Zambia and Saudi Arabia have signed documents to operationalise the importation of cheaper fuel to Zambia.
Energy Minister Dora Siliya says the deal will soon materialise as technocrats from both Saudi Arabia and Zambia are now working on final touches before the first shipment of fuel leaves for Zambia.
The minister says the offer by the Saudi Fund for Development to supply cheaper oil for five years, is beneficial because it is a government to government deal which makes it cost effective and reliable.
Ms. Siliya has told Zambian journalists in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah that the offer by Saudi Arabia will help reduce fuel shortages which the country experienced a few months ago.