Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday held talks with Britain’s envoy with an aim to cementing bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Zambian leader held the private talks with Britain’s High Commissioner Nicholas Woolley at State House, according to a release by presidential spokesperson Isaac Chipampe.
During the talks, the Zambian leader asked Britain and other cooperating partners to support government’s efforts in ensuring that there was engagement of all political players before the 2021 general elections.
He said people need to have confidence in the electoral system to avoid post-election disputes that have characterized the southern African region.
Any gains made in the economy would be undermined if there was violence in the country, he added.
The Zambian leader further expressed concerns that falsehoods were being peddled against his administration and country which have the potential to endanger the peace prevailing.
On his part, the British envoy called for more cooperation with Zambia in the area of defense and security so that peace was preserved in the region.
He said Zambia should be the regional hub for peace because of its geographic location.
The British envoy further hoped that Zambia could become a regional center for trade in the region adding that Britain’s economic development for Africa was based on support to small and medium enterprises and enhancement of regional trade. Enditem