By Staff Writer
ZIMBABWE and Malawi have committed to deepen their long existing ties by forging several MoUs on various areas of co-operation ,trade ,development, gender , immigration and energy among others.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is currently in Malawi on three days long State Visit at the invitation President Dr Lazarus Chakwera
He was warmly welcomed by Chakwera, government officials, the clergy, traditional chiefs, and members of the Tonse Alliance on his arrival Wednesday.
Chakwera described the visit as a celebration of the cordial and strong bonds of cooperation and friendship that exist between the two countries.
“It is good for us to grow our diplomatic relations and our cultural and economic exchanges, as we have been doing through these government-to-government visits and through the work we do together through the joint permanent commission of cooperation, which concluded its 11th session here in Lilongwe on Tuesday,” Chakwera said.
Mnangagwa also hailed the relations between Blantyre and Malawi saying the visit will go a long way to strengthen the excellent and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship between the two countries.
“It was through the determination of nationalists such as the founding president of the Republic of Malawi, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, that inspired a generation of freedom fighters in my country to take up arms and fight for freedom and independence,” Mnangagwa said.
He said the two countries need to fully exploit their potential for bilateral trade to stimulate economic activity and accelerate regional integration.
“The scope of our cooperation is broad, and I believe that we can reap more benefits with increased and focused interaction between our two countries at the senior official level,” Mnangagwa said.
“Opportunities for collaboration in order to ensure food security and sovereignty while lifting many out of poverty into prosperity must be fully explored and utilised,” he added.
The two leaders also discussed a number of other issues, including the need to strengthen cooperation in the areas of security, education, and health.