Zambia is hopeful of amicable solution in Zimbabwe: FM

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LUSAKA, Nov. 16 – The Zambian government on Thursday expressed optimism that an amicable solution will be reached over the political impasse in Zimbabwe following the military takeover.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said Zambia wanted to be part of a process of ensuring an amicable solution so that normalcy could return to Zimbabwe.

The Zambian minister was speaking at Bole International Airport in Ethiopia on his way for an emergency Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika meeting on defense and security in Botswana, according to a statement released by the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia.

“We are going to this meeting not only as members of the organ but also as close neighbors to Zimbabwe, we have often referred to our countries as Siamese twins, so we cannot be happy if our neighbor is going through a rough patch,” he said.

No region delights in seeing destabilization of any kind, he added.

The minister further said Zambian President Edgar Lungu has spoken to the Zimbabwean authorities and the military in that country in order to get first-hand information about the situation on the ground.

(Copyright Xinhua, received through National News Agency)

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