Edgar Lungu said that Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo had always shared warm bilateral relations.
According to the president of Zambia, it is important that the two nations continue to build upon their relationship and cooperation as active members of the Southern African Development Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region.
“Your Excellency, in uplifting the lives of our people, we must continue addressing the challenges of peace in the region. As we agreed in our meeting this morning, this is a per-requisite to development. I therefore wish to reaffirm the Zambian government’s commitment to promoting and strengthening the regions peace initiatives,” the President said.
He applauded the efforts of President Tshisekedi in reinstating peace in the DRC, and giving way for the economic and political growth.
“I wish to quote a rich African Proverb which says that ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. I know it is a worn out saying, but it is still relevant to all of us. If we want to make progress, we have to go together,” President Lungu said. “In this regard your Excellency, only by working together can we achieve the goals and aspirations of our region and the African continent as a whole.
“It is no doubt that the majority of issues under the UN agenda comprises of African issues. In this regard, we must strive to be the problem solvers of our own challenges. We can do this by fighting for permanent representation at the UN Security Council.”
President Felix Tshisekedi promised the DRC would continue to pursue stronger connections with Zambia because the two countries were one as demonstrated by the countless resemblances they shared in language, culture and history.