INDIA AND ZAMBIA HAVE HISTORICALLY ENJOYED WARM, FRIENDLY AND CORDIAL RELATIONS: LOK SABHA SPEAKER
New Delhi, 17 December 2018: Welcoming the Parliamentary Delegation from Zambia led by Rt. Honíble Justice Dr. Patrick Matibini, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Zambia in Parliament House today, Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that India and Zambia have historically enjoyed warm, friendly and cordial relations based on common values such as commitment to democracy and rule of law. She noted that both the countries have always stood together with each other and expressed the hope that the visit of the delegation would further strengthen and expand the existing bilateral cooperation. Smt. Mahajan thanked Zambia for supporting India in multi-lateral forums like UN, Security Council, ITU and other organisations. She observed that India is always keen to participate and contribute to the development of Zambia. Recalling that the first President of Zambia Dr. Kenneth Kaunda was a great friend of India, Smt. Mahajan remarked that he was inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Smt. Mahajan expressed satisfaction that the officials from the National Assembly of Zambia are benefitting from the training in the BPST under ITEC programme and informed the Delegation that the Speakerís Research Initiative (SRI) has been set up in the Parliament. She suggested that young students from Zambia may participate in the one and three months internship programmes of SRI to familiarize themselves with the functioning of the Indian Parliament. In response, Rt. Honíble Justice Dr. Patrick Matibini thanked Lok Sabha Speaker for the excellent hospitality extended to his Delegation and hoped that ties between India and Zambia would be further strengthened in times to come.