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Hichilema calls on G7 to promote peace, stability as Japanese Minister leads mining firms to Zambia


President Hakainde Hichilema has called on the G7 group of countries to ensure that peace, security and stability was attained.

The Group of Seven is an intergovernmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Speaking when Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Nishimura Yasutoshi, paid a courtesy call on him at State House, Hichilema called on Japan as leaders of G7 to ensure that peace, security and stability was placed at centre stage.

Hichilema thanked Japan for the support the country rendered to Zambia in the debt restructuring process.

“We thank Japan for helping us on the debt restructuring. Thank you so much, please pass that message to the Prime Minister. We would be unwise people if we did not thank Japan. They gave us a lot of support,” he said.

The Head of State also expressed interest in broadening bilateral cooperation between the two countries in technology, energy infrastructure and agriculture.

In response, Yasutoshi said said he was leading a delegation of 11 mining firms in the country.

Yasutoshi said the firms would explore the possibility of exploring Zambia’s mineral resource.

“At this time we have an aim to have the very best step to broaden our bilateral relationship starting with the mineral resources,” he said.

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