Zambian, Kenyan leaders pledge closer ties between their countries

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Lusaka –  Zambian leader Edgar Lungu and his visiting Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta held bilateral talks on Friday evening in which they expressed satisfaction over the warm relations existing between the two countries.
During the talks, the two leaders pledged to continue enhancing cooperation in different areas aimed at promoting trade and investment, according to a communiqué issued after the talks.
Lungu commended his Kenyan counterpart, Kenyatta for the pivotal role Kenya was playing in securing peace and security in the east African region, it stated.
The communiqué stated that he urged all African leaders to ensure they worked together to promote peace, security and stability on the continent.
It said that Lungu also called on the leaders to strategise on how to deal with terrorism that was threatening stability on the continent.
The communique quoted the Zambian leader as saying the two countries shared the same aspiration of fighting poverty and hunger hence the need to share ideas on how to tackle various problems.
It said that the Kenyan leader, Uhuru also praised the support from Zambia following terrorist attacks in that country.
The communique stated that Uhuru lauded the warm relations that existed between the two countries and pledged commitment to promote the relations.
It further stated that the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the maintenance of democracy, peace and security, particularly in the Great Lakes Region.
The communique said that they also signed a memorandum of understanding in four areas of cooperation, which include tourism, agriculture, police cooperation and gender equality.