KING Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland yesterday arrived in Zambia to grace the country’s 51st Independence anniversary celebrations.
King Mswati said Zambia and Swaziland have had long diplomatic and cultural relations and that he was happy to be in Zambia to join President Lungu and Zambians in celebrating the 51st Independence anniversary.
King Mswati arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at about 17:00 hours yesterday accompanied by his wife Inkotsikati Lafogiyane.
The King said he was in Zambia to strengthen the diplomatic relations between the two countries which had remained warm for a long time.
He told journalists that he was happy to be in Zambia at the invitation of President Edgar Lungu to be part of the country’s 51st independence celebrations.
The King said there was need for Zambia and Swaziland to increase trade volumes and improve the lives of the people of the two countries.
A 21-gun salute boomed in honour of King Mswati after which he inspected a presidential guard of honour.
“I am here at the invitation of President Lungu to be part of Zambia’s independence celebrations. As you know, Zambia and Swaziland enjoy good cultural and diplomatic relationship. We want to enhance trade between our two countries and I am happy to be here,” King Mswati said.
And Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba said the coming of King Mswati to Zambia was an indication that Zambia’s diplomatic relations with other countries were growing stronger because of President Lungu’s leadership style.
Mr Kalaba said Zambia was not living in an enclave and it was imperative that the country should continue interacting with its neighbours and beyond.