South African President Arrives in Zambia

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South African President His Excellency Mr.Cyril Ramaphosa signs a visitors book while President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina looks on at State House
South African President His Excellency Mr.Cyril Ramaphosa signs a visitors book while President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina looks on at State House

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in the country for a working visit. Mr Ramaphosa touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at exactly 19:00 hours and was received by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji, Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, Mayor of Lusaka Miles Sampa and Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo.

President Edgar Lungu received his counterpart at State House Thursday evening where the two leaders had a tête-à-tête. Thereafter, the two witnessed the signing of an agreement on the estblishment of the Bi-National Commission. His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia is also hosting his counterpart to official dinner at State House.

Mr Ramaphosa is in the country for bilateral talks on peace, security and defence in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with President Edgar Lungu.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mr. Ramaphosa’s working visit will provide an opportunity for the two Heads of State to discuss regional peace and security issues among others.

Mr. Malanji revealed that during the visit the two Heads of State will witness the signing of an agreement to establish a Bi-National Commission (BNC), between Zambia and South Africa.

He added that the purpose of BNC is to seek means of promoting and enhancing cooperation in the various sectors of government.

Mr. Malanji added that the BNC will add impetus to the implementation of agreed areas of cooperation for the benefit of the two countries.

The Minister said that the BNC will meet annually and will be chaired by the two Heads of State.

Mr. Malanji noted that the two Heads of State will also hold bilateral talks and discuss the turbulences in Lesotho and Madagascar.

He added that Zambia and South Africa share volume of trades amounting to 3.8 million United States dollars per year.

Mr. Malanji further noted that Zambia will assume chair of the SADC organ on politics, defense and security cooperation during the 38th SADC Summit scheduled for August 2018 whose current chair is South Africa.

This will be the first visit since President Ramaphosa assumed office in February 2018.

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  1. “…He added that Zambia and South Africa share volume of trades amounting to 3.8 million United States dollars per year….”

    Really ?

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  2. Let us hope Ramaposa also shares the failed third term attempt by Kabila and relate it to the impending third term in Zambia as part of the discussions for regional peace.

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    • Drc ruling party has already announced its presidential candidate for December election and its not kabila. Kabila has maintained that he’s not standing. Reason why under5s still believes kabila will stand is beyond me.
      South Africa president was welcomed by bowman and sampa. How good is that.

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    • @ OVAL HEAD
      Read samlindo’s stament again and understand that he’s saying “a failed third term attempt by Kabila” in DRC. Please use your brain when reading other people’s statements. Just don’t see everything in terms political party affiliations.

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    • I WAS READING ANOTHER DEBATE ABOUT BITI,AND THEIR WAS SOME NASTY EXCHANGE OF WORDS,GUESS WHO WAS IN THE THICK OF THINGS OVAL HEAD,I COME HERE TO READ SOME SENSIBLE COMMENTS AGAIN OVAL HEAD IS BUSY EXPOSING HIS PF CADERISM MANNERS,LET HIM PLEASE SPARE US HIS ……………………

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    • Hazaluza Hagain! Wina hazaventa na hate! COALITION OF THE WICKED – UPND! Tribal Mapatizya formula.

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    • @7Kay1, I Believe they SHOULD DISCUSS THAT HERE IN ZAMBIA at the SADC Summit when we expect KABILA TO BID FAREWELL TO HIS COLLEAGUES!How can country issue an arrest warrant against a person and when he returns to enter you close the border for fear of his capacity to win an election?? Why not arrest him? Here Kabila blundered and that may create more problems in DRC than he thinks he has solved!

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  3. the head of state posture, seems to suggest that we are in trouble sir! can u help us wit debts?
    I mean this is ur colleague, jst relax!!!

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