President Edgar Lungu with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi
President Edgar Lungu with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

President Edgar Lungu has thanked the Indian government for enhanced cooperation between Zambia and that country.

The President was speaking when he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed the signing of six Memorandum of Understanding between Zambia and India.

Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji signed the MoU of Cooperation on Defence and Security, Art and Culture, Diplomacy and Health.

Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairman Justice Esau Chulu signed on Elections and Mines Minister Richard Musukwa signed on mining and Geology.

Mr. Modi said the MoU will further increase cooperation in mining, defence, cooperation in Airforce, Tele-education, Tele-medicine, and elections.

Mr. Modi further said India wants to invest in Healthcare, Agriculture, Food Processing and Mining among others.

Earlier, President Lungu said the Zambia-India Parliamentary Friendship Group bears further testimony of the excellent relations between the two countries.

The President was speaking in Hyderabad House Conference Hall during the bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart.

The President called for the revival of the meetings of the Zambia-India Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation to ensure implementation of agreed areas of cooperation between the two countries.

On the standoff between Vedanta and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings, President Lungu said he met the Vedanta Chairman and that since the matter is in court, it would be best to let the rule of law to take its course.

The President was responding to Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Modi who hoped that the matter be resolved amicably.

The President expressed gratitude to India on hosting patients from Zambia who require specialized treatment and for training extended to Zambia in health.

The President thanked the Indian government for the generosity displayed in the financing and implementation of the Lusaka City Road Decongestion Project.

President Lungu yesterday morning visited the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and was welcomed at the military parade of the Army, the Navy and Airforce by the President and Prime Minister Modi.

The President also visited the Raghad memorial site and laid a wreath on the grave of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s epitome of freedom.

And the President later in the afternoon addressed the Zambia-India Investment Business Forum attended by some of India’s business personalities.

The President assured the packed audience of the business community from both Zambia and India, of Zambia’s excellent business environment.

Meanwhile India has donated 1,000 tonnes of rice and 100 tonnes of milk to areas in Zambia where there is food deficit.

This is contained in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka by the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.

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    • There is no way PF government can give Indian rice to the poor. Why did Ba Edgar even accept it, he will have to fight scandles the his thugs will create.
      Jasmine or Basmati RICE to the poor, no ways, impossible!!! Not even during campaign.

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  1. Meanwhile India has donated 1,000 tonnes of rice and 100 tonnes of milk to areas in Zambia where there is food deficit – I thought we have enough food in Zambia. Anyway please send that rice to areas that need it, it should not end at State House

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  2. “India is not a member of Development Assistance Committee, which includes World’s major donor countries. Despite that, India has recorded donations to various countries. India also provides non-monetary help in cases of natural disasters by means of sending supplies and manpower for rescue.”

    “When we don’t hold people accountable, the communications loop never closes. Incomplete communications lead to a whole host of organizational issues including mistakes, misunderstandings, and mistrust.”
    Remember there’s peoples lives involved.

    Some people will die never experience what life should be about, not due to their own fault.

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  3. India has donated 1000 tonnes of rice and Zambia has donated $000s of US dollars in per diem travel allowances to Lungu.

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  4. It obvious there was a Secret MoU signed on the KCM/Vedanta Shareholder Dispute. The Indian Govt is there to protect Indian Investments in Zambia and for that Reason Vedanta was on top of the Agenda. There was no point in wooing Indian Investors to the Zambian Mining Sector b4 resolving the Vedanta Dispute. The way forward on KCM Shareholder Dispute is for Zambia to Buy Out Vedanta out of KCM. That means paying adequate Compensation to Vedanta b4 a New Investor takeover KCM. Vedanta will smile all the way to Bank. Wait and See!

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    • What agenda are you talking about… Ba President even said that we are not there to talk vedanta… vedanta is not even their priority…

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  5. Lusaka Times should stop posting some comments such as the one @7.They are just too offensive and sensitive

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  6. Let’s hope lungu and the gang don’t come back at all.
    But Zambians are so daft that we will still vote for PF so they can leave Zambia like Zimbabwe

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