President Edgar Lungu has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a one day working visit.
President Lungu’s aircraft touched down at Nd’jili International Airport in Kinshasa at 10:30 hours local time (11:30hrs Zambian).
He was welcomed at the airport by Kinshasa Mayor Jeantinie Ngobila Mbaka.
President Lungu is accompanied to DRC by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joe Malanji, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and on hand to welcome him were Minister of Infrastructure Vincent Mwale, Zambia’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Friday Nyambe and that country’s Ambassador to Zambia Chantal Maloba.
President Lungu said in an interview at the airport that his visit to DRC was important as the two neighbouring countries have a lot to share.
President Lungu and DRC President Felix Tshisekedi are scheduled to hold talks on a range of issues, among them economic matters that will benefit their two countries’ citizens.
And the two ambassadors Mr. Nyambe and Mrs. Maloba have described the bilateral meeting between the two countries’ heads of states as important for enhanced economic development and unity of their peoples.
Mr. Nyambe of Zambia and Mrs. Maloba of DRC underscored the importance of the meeting between the two heads of states.
Mr. Nyambe said there was a lot of economic and social interaction between the people of DRC and the people of Zambia hence the need for Dr. Lungu and Mr. Tshiseke to hold talks.
He cited the Mwenda-Kasomeno toll road and bridge project as one of the economic infrastructure projects that will have a huge economic impact on the people of the two countries.
“The DRC is an important strategic neighbour to Zambia. This visit by President Lungu is to catch up on opportunities existing between us and the DRC,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Maloba said the citizens of Zambia and of DRC will be more united once they realise the unity that exists at Presidential level.
She said the meeting will enhance the two countries’ relations and promote trade between Zambians and Congolese.
“We need the 2 heads of state to unite and this will strengthen the relations, Mrs. Maloba said.
President Lungu is scheduled to return to Zambia this afternoon.