President Edgar Lungu has held talks with Israeli President REUVEN RIVLIN at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem.
The Head of State who is on a five-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met President RIVLIN at 09:45 hours this morning.
President Lungu says Zambia looks forward to the amicable solution over the security challenges facing Israel.
He says Zambia draws inspiration from Israel hence the need to put the house of Israel in order as it plays a key role in the global economy.
The Head of State says Zambia is looking forward to working with Israel in many spheres as for the benefit of Zambians.
He says the Zambian Government will dialogue with Israel and Palestine for them to get a win – win solution.
And Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says all Jews have a warm feeling towards Zambians as they contributed effectively to the independence of Zambia.
President Rivlin says Zambia was one of the first Countries in Africa to receive Jews when they hunted down during the second World War.
He says Zambia harboured the Jewish people in Livingston and Ndola resulting in setting up a Jewish Museum.
President Rivlin says Zambia is growing rapidly, a move that has excited the Government of Israel.
He says the Government of Israel is happy with Zambia’s stance on the need to fight terrorism.
MR. Rivlin says terrorism should not be tolerated as it is affecting the Middle East and other parts of the world.
He says Israel is happy with the many Zambians that are seeking educational needs from his Country.
President Rivlin says Israel is keen to see peace and harmony in his Country and the Middle East in general.
He says Israel sees Zambia as a symbol for cooperation with Africa.
President Lungu who wants to strengthen economic Diplomacy with Israel established the first ever Embassy in Israel two years ago headed by Ambassador Martin Mwanambale.
During the official visit, President Lungu is also expected to officiate at a business forum organised by the Israeli and Zambian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) which would focus on investment opportunities within the two countries.
The Head of State is further accompanied by a business delegation in order to accord an opportunity to the private sector representatives of both countries to interact and forge business partnerships.
The visit is further expected to provide Mr Lungu and his delegation an important opportunity to market the numerous business opportunities that Zambia has to offer with the view to attract Israeli investment into Zambia.
President Lungu will also interact with Zambians living in Israel.