Thursday, February 29, 2024

Zambia Signs MoU on Diplomatic & Political Consultation with Saudi Arabia


Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Joseph Malanji, MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Joseph Malanji, MP

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.


  1. Saudi Arabia enslaves black maids and they treat black people like trash.Don’t jump into bed with this devil my Zambia please.

  2. What political consultation would Zambia want to undertake with Saudi Arabia? It’s just more kaloba.

    We must be at US$30 billion in debt by now. The Saudi’s can join the long list of creditors.

  3. #Tal; yes; more colonisation to Islam; this one is more bad and more deadly; why call the hospital King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Specialist Hospital in dthis day and age? Don’t we have our kings to name after them? Lungu has sold Zambia; there’s no free lunch;

  4. I am very seriously struggling to understand the so-called African political leader. What happened to decency? Have you watched the dispecable beheadings and useless suppression’s? Have you?

  5. We were promised cheaper oil from Saudi Arabia and a MoU was signed but nothing materialised. Even this one is fake that is the legacy of PF.

  6. Don’t be cheated about Saudi Arabia coz the Embassy in SaudArabia is being administered by the Deputy Head of Mission.The appointed Ambassador is always on tours and visits almost every month, he is either in Lusaka India or any of the countries of accreditation. The obvious question you forgot to ask is where is the promised oil if Saudi is doing fine? Ambassador in Saudi Arabia is just buying time to stay long abroad hence talking sweet to please the master. Show interest in his yearly programs you will agree with me. Total waste of Government resources.

  7. I do not think Joe Malanji knows the goals of Saudi foreign policy, just like his predecessor Harry Kalaba. Malanji looks nice in his suit and that’s just about it.

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