Vastavam web: A Parliamentary delegation from Zambia headed by the speaker of its National Assembly called on Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Parliament House on Monday and discussed issues of bilateral interests, an official statement said. The two sides focussed on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the fields of health, education, capacity building, energy and infrastructure. Vice President Naidu also stressed the need for combating terror, the statement said.
Welcoming the delegation, led by Zambia’s National Assembly speaker Justice Patrick Matibini, Naidu said the two countries share historically warm and friendly relations based on common values such as commitment to democracy, liberty, equality and rule of law. Welcoming Zambia as a member of the International Solar Alliance, Naidu expressed the hope for an early ratification of the Framework Agreement by the government of that country.
He also expressed India’s willingness to contribute towards the promotion of solar technology including renewable energy and investment in the solar sector so as to mitigate energy deficit, enhance income generation for the poor and safeguard global environment. Naidu thanked Zambia for its continued support to India’s candidature to various international forums and UN agencies. He expressed the hope that Zambia would extend its support to India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the period 2021-22.
The Vice President shared his views with the visiting delegation about functioning of India’s parliamentary democracy and expressed the hope that the they would benefit from their visit as Parliament is in session.