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Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Norman Chipakupaku says Zambia remains committed to supporting a common position on matters affecting the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Addressing the 10th Session of the South Africa – Zambia Joint Defence Committee meeting which was held in Pretoria, South Africa.

Chipakupaku says this is because the Zambian Government believes that peace is essential for stability, regional integration, and trade.

He says the Zambian Government has placed a high premium on dialogue in the midst of misunderstanding as it is a prerequisite for conflict resolution as it believes that instability anywhere affects everyone.

Chipakupaku said Zambia is grateful to the South African National Defence Force for the invaluable support being provided to the Zambian Defence Forces, including facilitation of passage of defence and public goods.

He says it is for this reason that Zambia is committed to cementing the mutual relations through various instruments, such as Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and implementation agreements signed between the defence wings for the two countries.

The PS said the Zambian Government under the leadership of Hakainde Hichilema, is implementing robust policies aimed at revitalising the economy, as well as entrenching democracy in the country adding that the Government has also created an enabling environment for investment and partnerships in various fields, including tourism.

Meanwhile, Chipakupaku eulogised South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela and Zambia’s first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda for the indelible legacies they left behind which make the duo referenced in almost every discourse on liberation, peace, and servant leadership adding that the two countries have a duty to ensure that their legacies are immortalised.

This is contained in a statement issued by Tamara Nyirenda, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at Zambia High Commission in
South Africa.