State House has announced the postponement of the state visit that President Edgar Lungu was supposed take. In a brief statement released to the media, President Lungu’s special Assistant for Press and Public relations Amos Chanda said that the cancellation is due to due to the security problem in the wake of the bomb attacks yesterday.
The President will undertake the visit later in the year.
Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba told the press that President Edgar Lungu is this week expected to travel to Egypt for a State visit from 11th to 13th April, 2017 following an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sis.
Mr. Kalaba said that the two heads of state woukd discuss a wide range of regional and global issues including ways to mitigate climate change.
The Minister said that other issues to be discussed included cooperation on peace and security and mutually beneficial investment opportunities.
Mr. Kalaba also disclosed that Zambia and Egypt would sign four memorandum of Understanding, in the field of tourism, Sport and Youth, Health and Pharmaceuticals and Radio and Television Union.
Last night, Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead.
The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people’s homes. It needs to be approved by parliament before it is implemented.
So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the blasts in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for bombing two Egyptian churches as worshippers gathered to mark Palm Sunday, killing at least 44 people in the deadliest attacks on the Coptic Christian minority in recent memory.
The attacks followed a Cairo church bombing in December and came weeks ahead of a planned visit by Catholic Pope Francis intended to show support for the country’s Christian minority.