South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says most people in his country consider Zambia as their second home.
Mr. Ramaphosa says this is because Zambia provided shelter to many South Africans liberation heroes during the fight against the apartheid regime.
He says his country got its freedom from the apartheid regime largely due to the contribution that Zambians made.
He said this during the state dinner hosted in his honor by President Edgar Lungu at state house last night.
Meanwhile Mr Ramaphosa said his government considers Africa as its bedrock for its foreign policy.
He said it is for this reason that he is on a tour of Southern Africa in order to strengthen the relationship with other countries.
Mr Ramaphosa has since left the country.
Meanwhile President Lungu last night held a closed-door meeting with his South African counterpart at state house.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations AMOS CHANDA said the two heads of state in their capacities as SADC chair and incoming chair of the organ on defense, politics and security discussed a wide range of issues among them the means in which to secure peace and stability in the region.
Mr. Chanda said the two heads of state have agreed to double their efforts in ensuring peace and stability in Zimbabwe.
He adds that the two Presidents affirmed that there is need for an all-inclusive, free and fair electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo.