Vice-President arrives in Zambia on three-day visit

January 5th, 2010 - 10:31 pm ICT by ANI  

By Ashok Dixit

Lusaka (Zambia), Jan.5 (ANI): Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari

arrived here on a three-day visit a little after 4 p.m. on Tuesday

evening.

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

India’s High Commissioner to Zambia Ashok Kumar and his wife Jasvinder

Kumar received Vice-President Ansari at Lusaka International Airport.

Zambian and Indian officials were also present on the occasion. The

visiting delegation was greeted by Zambian folk dancers.

During their stay in Lusaka, the Vice-President, his wife, Ms. Salma

Ansari, and accompanying entourage will be staying at the Hotel Taj

Pamodzi.

The media accompanying the dignitary is being put up in the

same hotel.

On the first day of the visit, the Zambian Vice-President will host a

state banquet for Vice-President Ansari at the Hotel Intercontinental.

On Wednesday morning, the vice-president will have a restricted

meeting with his Zambian counterpart in the Vice-President’s office.

Thereafter, the two leaders will proceed to a boardroom to witness a

signing of bilateral agreements between ministers and officials of the

two countries.

Shortly before noon, Vice-President Ansari will call on the President

of Zambia, Rupiah Bwezani Banda, at the State House. After lunch in

his hotel, the vice-president will leave on a special flight to see

the Livingstone Park and the Victoria Falls. He will spend a little

over three hours at this spot before returning to Lusaka in the

evening.

On Thursday, Vice-President Ansari will call on the First President of

Zambia and a close friend of India, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, at the

Kabulonga Office. The meeting is expected to last for 30-minutes.

Thereafter, he will return to his hotel and meet with Zambian Foreign

Minister Kabinga Pande and Commerce and Trade Minister Felix C.

Mutati.

In the afternoon, he will attend a reception for the Indian community

hosted High Commissioner Kumar and his wife.

During the stay, Ms. Ansari will visit the Mother Teresa Home in

Lusaka on Wednesday. On Thursday, she will interact with members of

the Lusaka-India Ladies Association (LILA) at the Steaks and Grill

Restaurant.

The Indian delegation will depart for Malawi capital Lilongwe on

Thursday afternoon. (ANI)

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