President Edgar Lungu and the visiting President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina today met at state house in Lusaka and discussed matters of peace and security of the two countries and the welfare of their people.
The two heads of state and their delegations met this afternoon for official talks at state house on the Island nation’s President’s first day of his state visit to Zambia.
President Rajaonarimampianina is visiting Zambia for the first time as head of state and chairperson of COMESA, a role he assured last year during the COMESA summit held in his country.
President Lungu noted during the meeting that African countries have remain poor despite being endowed with natural resources because of lack of cooperation and trade amongst themselves.
Mr. Lungu said it was important for countries on the continent to share best practices in various sector and work together for the good of their people.
African countries need to cooperate in the development and implementation of their respective National Development Plans as they face similar problems that requires similar solution, he said.
He emphasized on the need to encourage trade within member states of the COMESA region so that more jobs and wealth can be created for the people instead of creating jobs for people outside the region.
President Lungu also stated that as a member of the African Union Security council, Zambia is engaged in ensure peace and security in the region and commended Madagascar for embarking on the national reconciliation within their country.
The President said Zambia wants to see countries in the region such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho to remain peaceful and encouraged Madagascar to continue upholding peace their country and the region.
“ Zambia will support Madagascar in fostering peace and security and also urged Madagascar not to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change, “ he said.
He regretted the effects of climate change which resulted in Madagascar being hit by the cyclone early this year.
Meanwhile the Republican President has directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba to dialogue with his counterpart from Madagascar to ensure that the general framework on the Joint Permanent Commission that will allow cooperation between the two countries is signed.
And the President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina hailed Zambia for its role in ensuring peace and security in the region and the continent at large.
Mr. Rajaonarimampianina said his country will support Zambia to ensure that peace and security returns in countries that have conflicts.
He said Zambia and Madagascar shares the same vision on peace and security because the continent cannot develop if there is no peace and security.
The visiting President of Madagascar added that Zambia and Madagascar should work together to fight poverty by developing the agricultural sector to ensure that productivity is enhanced.
He however stated that as COMESA Chairperson he will encourage trade between and amongst countries within the region.
He further assured the Zambia President that construction of the COMESA headquarters will soon commence and thanked Zambia for hosting the region economic bloc secretariat in Lusaka.
He noted that no other country is most suited to host the secretariat as Zambia has shown willingness and capacity to continue hosting the secretariat.
President Rajaonarimampianina who is also COMESA chairperson is in the country on a two day state visit.