Zambia has supported efforts by the African Union to deepen the African Union and European Union -AUEU Economic and trade partnership.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary for International Relations Chalwe Lombe, who represented Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji at the 19th Extraordinary Session of the executive Council in Addis Ababa called for new deepened partnerships with the European Union which would guarantee mutual benefits by both continents.
The Permanent secretary who endorsed the SADC Position on AUEU relations said it was important that Member States lead the negotiations with EU since the agreements that will be signed will bind sovereign states.
Mr. Lombe further endorsed SADC’s proposal for Member States to constitute teams of qualified and experienced negotiators to guarantee a mutually beneficial agreement.
He further supported the SADC stance that African Caribbean Pacific that has been a carrier of the Agreement with the EU should continue as an entity, guided by commonality of political, economic and other strategic interests among its members.
The Executive Council was consulting and consolidating the common African position on the AU-EU Agreement that is expected to come to an end in 2020.
The Legal requirement is that negotiations for a New Agreement should start 18 months before the current binding Agreement expires.
This is contained in a press statement issued to ZNBC news in Lusaka by first secretary press and tourism at the Zambian mission in Addis Ababa Ethiopia Inutu Mwanza.