President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has assured Madagascar of close cooperation with SADC. Speaking when he met newly inaugurated President, Andry Rajoelina in Antannarivo in Madagascar.
The two met in a bilateral meeting at the country’s State House.
Earlier President Lungu attended a colorful inauguration ceremony attended by thousands of Malagasy people held at the Municipal Stadium in the City.
President Lungu was in Antananarivo to attend the inauguration of President-elect Andry Rajoelina.
President Lungu in his capacity as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation has been deeply involved in the processes leading to the election of Mr. Rajoelina.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba who is also accredited to Madagascar, confirmed that President Lungu attended the ceremony graced by regional heads of state and government.
President Lungu was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Joseph Malanji, Presidential Affairs Minister, Freedom Sikazwe, SADC Head of Electoral Observer Mission, Dr. Katele Kalumba and Luapula Province Minister, Hon. Nixon Chilangwa
He said Madagascar was a key partner to the SADC region and was the current chair to the trade member states’ body ,COMESA.
He said that a project to send Zambian teachers of English to Madagascar would commence after the new government takes office.
Other heads of state that attended the inauguration ceremony included SADC chairperson and Namibia’s Peesident, Hage Geingob, Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde and leaders from Syechelles, Mauritius and France’s former President, Nicholas Sarkozy.
Mr.Rajoelina, who led a transition government between 2009-2013, was elected with 56% majority vote beating his long time rival, former president, Marc Ravalomanana who held office between 2001-2009