Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Joseph Malanji, MP , and Mr. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have signed the Zambia/Saudi Arabia Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Diplomatic and Political Consultations.
This was done yesterday during a courtesy call by Hon. Malanji, MP, on his Saudi counterpart, in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
The MoU will allow the two countries to have practical cooperation and close coordination on various bilateral and international issues as well as provide a mechanism to review outstanding Agreements between the two countries.
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs is in Saudi Arabia to deliver a Special Message from His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, to His Majesty, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He is also in the Kingdom on various bilateral regional and global issues of mutual interest.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship and genuine strategic partnership between the Governments of the Republic of Zambia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The MoU also demonstrates the deliberate efforts made by the two countries to further consolidate their bilateral relations as well as enhance the Africa-Saudi Arabia relations.
Currently, Saudi-Zambia cooperation has successfully yielded the following projects:
I. Ongoing modernisation works at the University Teaching Hospital valued at over US$16 million, including the ventilation system, ablution blocks, as well as the construction of new surgical wards and reconstruction of the Central Sterile Services Department;
II. Construction of the King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Specialist Hospital, which is soon to commence. The Loan Agreement amounting to US$102 million was signed in January 2018; and
III. Saudi Arabia is co-financing the construction of the Kalabo-Sikongo Road in Western Province at approximately US$11.5 million, which will provide a vital trade facilitation link to neighbouring Angola.
During the meeting, Hon. Joseph Malanji, MP, reaffirmed the Zambia Government’s commitment to advance its relations with the Saudi Government in order to build steady economic partnerships and strategic alliances between the two countries.