Wednesday, 16 March 2011


PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda on Tuesday met Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for consultations ahead of next week’s SADC Troika meeting in Livingstone whose focus will be regional security.
According to a statement released by Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Dickson Jere, President Banda, who is Chairperson of the SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security, conferred with Prime Minister Tsvangirai who arrived in Lusaka together with his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party delegation.
 Other members of the SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security are South African President Jacob Zuma and Mozambican President Armando Guebuza.
The meeting in Livingstone will also be attended by SADC Chairman, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
“President Banda believes that instability in any part of Africa, particularly neighbouring countries, inevitably affects Zambia, hence the need to get involved in helping maintain peace in other countries,” read the statement in part.
President Banda is also Chairperson of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.

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