ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT EXPECTS WARM TIES WITH NEIGHBOURING ZIMBABWE TO CONTINUE UNDER NEW PRESIDENT

LUSAKA, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia says he expects the existing warm bilateral relations with Zimbabwe to continue under new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sworn into office Friday after former President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday after being in power for the 37 years since the country became independent in 1980.

President Lungu told the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) before leaving for Harare to attend the swearing-in of the new Head of State that the Zambia-Zimbabwe partnership was expected to be the same as long as Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party continues to be in power.

President Lungu was among several Heads of State and Government and international dignitaries who attended the inauguration ceremony of President Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s interim President. Mnangagwa will hold office until the next general election scheduled for August next year.

Speaking upon his arrival in Harare later, President Lungu said he was in Zimbabwe to show solidarity to the people of that country.

Noting that Zambia and Zimbabwe enjoyed long-standing cordial relations, President Lungu added that the two countries had enjoyed brotherly relations started by their forefathers.

President Lungu, who was back home later Friday, was accompanied on the trip to Harare by First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda and former President Rupiah Banda.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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