PRESIDENTS OF ZAMBIA, TOGO HOLD TALKS IN LUSAKA

LUSAKA, Zambian President Edgar Lungu has held talks here with his visiting Togolese counterpart, President Faure Gnassingbe, emphasising the need for the two countries to explore ways of adding value to their mineral wealth.

During their discussions here Tuesday, President Lungu noted that Togo, which mines a lot of phosphate, should have been the major supplier of fertilizer in Africa, while the same applied for Zambia's copper which is exported in raw form.

President Lungu said the Togolese leader's visit to Zambia was important as it would help in strengthening relations between the two countries. He also applauded the West African nation for being food secure despite the severe effects of climate change.

President Lungu directed Zambian Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya to confer with her Togolese counterpart to exchange ideas on food security and to sign a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the sector. He also tasked Minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma with discussing with his Togolese counterpart on how that country manages its mining sector.

President Gnassingbe also called on Zambia's first president, Kenneth Kaunda, on Tuesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK