Luanda, October 26, ZANIS—President Edgar Lungu has held bilateral talks with Angolan President Jose Eduardo Do Santos and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) leader Joseph Kabila aimed at strengthening trade and security with the two neighbouring countries.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said President Lungu and his Angolan counterpart agreed to accelerate the development of Benguela Railway link in order to enhance trade between the two countries.
Mr Chanda disclosed that President Lungu has invited Angolan President Jose Eduardo Do Santos for a state visit to Zambia.
On the DRC , Mr Chanda said President Lungu and President Kabila agreed to improve security and cooperation between the two countries.
Meanwhile President Lungu and other regional leaders Regional leaders that attended the just ended extra ordinary summit in Luanda, Angola have pledged to accelerate efforts aimed at putting an end to armed conflicts in the region in order to bring peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the great lakes region.
President Edgar Lungu along with other leaders, commended strides made and achieved so far in containing and addressing armed conflicts and antagonisms under the peace and security regional framework.
Other regional leaders that attended the summit include President Dennis Sassou Nguesso ofCongo Brazzaville, Omar Bongo of Gabon, Idriss Deby of Chad , DRC’s Joseph Kabila and host President Jose Eduardo Do Santos among regional leaders
The heads of states and representatives of United Nations, African Union and regional blocs recommitted to vigorously fight armed conflicts in the region to ensure that peace and security and political stability is attained.
In a communiqué issued after a marathon closed door meeting, the heads of state however expressed concern with prevailing challenges in achieving progress of stabilising the DRC and the great lakes region.
The heads of states have since directed the great lakes secretariat to submit priority activities to advance the implementation of the regional peace framework action plan to rid the region of armed conflicts and ensure that political stability is achieved to promote peace and development.
President Lungu has since returned home after the great lakes summit.