Malawi and Zambia are meeting in Lilongwe to discuss measures to strengthen defence and security cooperation between the two neighbouring nations.
The meeting opened yesterday with Ministry of Defence Principal Secretary Paul Chiunguzeni and his Zambian counterpart Stardy Chibaula Mwale committing to resolve any barriers to securing peace and stability between the two countries.
This is the 12th session of Malawi-Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS). It is scheduled to close this Friday, May 19.
In an interview after the opening ceremony, Chiunguzeni said delegates will discuss a number of bilateral issues, including issues relating to management of the common border and ending smuggling of various goods by unpatriotic traders.
He said: “We are [also] experiencing challenges in human trafficking and irregular migration of people. These are some of the issues that the two countries continue to tackle together jointly.”
Chiunguzeni also disclosed that delegates will review issues and resolutions discussed and passed at previous meetings to assess whether there has been progress made or not.
On his part, Chibaula Mwale expressed optimism that the meeting will result into strengthened defence and security between the two countries.
He said Zambia remains committed to working closely with Malawi to resolving any obstacle towards achieving peace and security among people of the two countries. n