FOREIGN Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Stanley Kakubo says Italian President, Sergio Mattarella is expected in Zambia from today for an official State visit.
Mr. Kakubo said that the Italian Head of State is expected to hold bilateral talks with President Hakainde Hichilema where discussions will focus on pertinent matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and international levels.
He said that during this historic visit, President Mattarella is scheduled to address the National Assembly of Zambia tomorrow.
He added that Zambia and Italy shared excellent bilateral relations and cooperation premised on shared values and mutual respect stating that the two countries also collaborated at international level through common membership to the United Nations, among other institutions.
Mr Kakubo added that government remained resolute in its pursuit of robust economic diplomacy in order to safeguard the country’s interests on international arena.
He said the high-level engagements with strategic partners underscored the commitment of the government to achieve its goal of economic transformation underpinned by peace and security.
He further stated that the landmark visit by President Mattarella would further consolidate the strong ties between Zambia and Italy for the mutual benefit of the people in the two countries.
He noted that President Mattarella is expected to depart on July 8, 2022.