Vice-President Ansari leaves for Malawi

January 7th, 2010 - 7:46 pm ICT by ANI  

By Ashok Dixit

Lusaka, Jan.7 (ANI): Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari left Zambia

from here on Thursday afternoon for Malawi after completing a

three-day official visit that included meetings with the Zambian

leadership and the signing of several agreements for providing a Line

of Credit and a grant to this African nation.

Zambia’s Vice President George Kunda and his wife Ireen Kunda, besides

Zambian officials saw Vice-President Ansari and his entourage off at

the Lusaka International Airport.

Prior to his departure, Vice-President Ansari called on former Zambian

President Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda at the Kabulonga Office. The two

leaders exchanged views on matters of mutual interest for about

30-minutes. Vice-President Ansari also met with Zambian Foreign

Minister Kabinga Pande and Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Felix

C. Mutati. He also attended a reception for the Indian community

hosted by India’s High Commissioner Ashok Kumar.

Soon after his arrival in Malawian capital Lilongwe, Vice-President

Ansari will visit the Civic Offices. In the evening, he will call on

Malawi President Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika and attend a state banquet

hosted by the latter.

On Friday, Ansari will visit the Kamuzu Mausoleum to pay homage at the

grave located below. He will then have a meeting with his Malawian

counterpart and witness a signing of bilateral agreements. In the

afternoon, he will undertake a two-hour-long visit to the Malawi Lake

by road. In the evening, he will attend a reception hosted for the

Indian community by Indian High Commissioner Ashok Kumar.

Ms. Ansari will use her stay in Malawi to see Mother Teresa’s

Orphanage in Kalawi.

The vice-president and his entourage will leave for Botswana capital

Gabarone on Saturday morning. (ANI)

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