Zambia’s president has called for increased bilateral cooperation with Türkiye on Tuesday, and expressed gratitude for its ongoing support to Zambia in the areas of health, infrastructure, technology and tourism.
Hakainde Hichilema noted that the two countries have enjoyed a nearly 60-year-old bilateral relationship, as he hosted Türkiye’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz in the Zambian capital Lusaka.
Hichilema stated that public-private partnerships need to be leveraged for the two countries to achieve more in the areas of trade and investment.
“There is a need for more bilateral cooperation between our two nations and we wish to thank Türkiye on the continued Turkish support to Zambia in the areas of health, infrastructure, technology and tourism,” he said.
“And in our bid to make Zambia a more land linked country, we urge you to also call for an increase in the frequency of Turkish Airlines (flights) to Zambia to boost trade and investment opportunities and jobs for our people.”
Yildiz was accompanied by Turkish Ambassador to Zambia Istem Circiroglu.
He reiterated Türkiye’s strong held foreign policy of trade and investment besides promoting global peace, security and stability, adding that the southern African nation was an all-weather bilateral partner in the quest.
The meeting between Hichilema and Yildiz came on the back of a successful third political consultation meeting between Zambia and Türkiye at which both countries committed to deepening bilateral ties for continued peace, security and economic transformation.
Later on Tuesday, Hichilema also hosted a Turkish business delegation led by Summa Group of Companies President Selim Bora Summa.