President Edgar Lungu is on Wednesday expected in Congo Brazzaville to attend the Great Lakes Region Summit, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has revealed.
Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia when transiting to that country ahead of the President, Mr Kalaba said it was imperative for the Head of State to attend the summit which he said was expected to table the Congo DR crisis.
Mr Kalaba said President Lungu was deeply concerned that the political turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo had a direct effect on the Zambian people, and was eager to take part in the crisis resolution summit, being hosted by Congo Brazzaville.
He regretted that the instability in Congo DR had forced over 5,000 Congolese to seek asylum in Zambia.
Mr Kalaba said President Lungu was expected to take part in the
Congo DR electoral process discussions at the summit.
The minister said President Lungu was committed to making consultations with other Heads of State in a quest to maintain peace in the region.
He said President Lungu’s contributions towards enhancing regional integration could be seen from the interactions he had so far made with SADC leaders.
Mr Kalaba called on Zambians to support President Lungu in his quest to maintain peace not only in SADC and the Great Lakes, but the continent as a whole.
“There comes a time in the life of a nation that we need to put politics aside and just push a national agenda. We need to go beyond the political divide to ensure that Zambia moves as one,” Mr Kalaba said
He said President Lungu had been bestowed with a rare honor of being incoming chair for the SADC organ on Peace, Defense and Security and need all the support in order to succeed in his quest to maintain peace.
And the Minister Revealed that in November, President Lungu would be amongst other Heads of States and governments at the European Union Africa Summit which will take place in Ivory Coast, to discuss peace and security matters among other things.
He said Zambia took cognizance of the importance that the African Continent attaches to the European Union.
“We know that the summit is coming at a time when the youth demographic is one which is being articulated on, we know that investment in the youth is investment in the future,” said Mr Kalaba.
He said the relations between Africa and the European Union were blossoming to an extent where Africa was no longer a donor recipient continent but a trading partner with the European Union.
This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary-Press & Tourism at the Zambia Embassy in Ethiopia Mrs Inutu Mupango Mwanza.