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President Edgar Lungu is in South Africa for consultations with his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa on bilateral and regional matters.

And the South African leader has announced that he will be coming to Zambia for a state visit.

Mr. Ramaphosa says after he was elected President of the Republic of South Africa, he has embarked on a regional familiarization tour that would bring him to Zambia.

Speaking when he met President Lungu at Oliver Tambo House, the official
residence of the Deputy President, Mr. Ramaphosa said Zambia and South Africa enjoy cordial and warm relations arising from the two states’ historical, cultural, social and economic ties.

And President Edgar Lungu congratulated Mr. Ramaphosa on his election as President of the ANC by the 54th ANC Conference held in December 2017.

He also congratulated Mr. Ramaphosa for being elected as the country’s Head of State by Parliament in February 2018.

President Lungu said he is happy that the bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries have resulted in economic and social benefits for the two countries.

The President who first in Botswana is in South Africa to consult with his counterpart on regional and SADC matters including issues related to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Recently President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila was in Zambia on similar consultations.

President Ramaphosa is the current Chairperson of SADC while President Lungu is the Deputy Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security.

He is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joe Malanji, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and State House Private Secretary Daniel Siwo.

Meanwhile Minister Mr. Malanji has called for the two countries to implement the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two states recently.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Malanji stated that the agreements which relate to economic issues would help in balancing trade between the two countries.

And Ms Sisulu called on the Zambian government to help in identifying graves of the remains of freedom fighters who died in Zambia and repatriate them to South Africa.

This is according to a statement issued to ZNBC News in Lusaka this evening by First Secretary-Press and Public Relations at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria – South Naomi Nyawali.

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