Zambia, Zimbabwe seal 4 cooperation deals

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (3rd R) inspects the guard of honor in Lusaka, Zambia

Zambia and Zimbabwe on Tuesday signed four bilateral agreements aimed at boosting cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

The agreements were signed following the visit by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangangwa who is in Zambia to grace the country's 54th independence anniversary.

The four agreements include one about the cooperation on the establishment and implementation of a one-stop border post at Victoria Falls, one on cooperation on the management and preservation of Zimbabwe liberation war grave sites and one on cultural exchange, according to Zambia's Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji.

He told reporters after the signing ceremony held at State House that the fourth agreement is on gender equity and equality and women empowerment, adding that the signing of the agreements was due to a joint permanent commission existing between the two countries.

The Zimbabwean leader arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, the Zambian capital on Tuesday afternoon and was received by his host President Edgar Lungu.

According to a program released by the foreign affairs ministry, the Zimbabwean leader later paid a courtesy call on first Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.