PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for debt relief and cancellation in light of reduced revenue due to the negative impact of COVID-19.

According to a statement from Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe, Monday, the two leaders had a telephone meeting.

“President Lungu called for debt relief and cancellation in light of reduced revenue due to the negative impact of the pandemic, as well as competing needs for the country to secure adequate resources to fight the pandemic and stimulate the economy,” Chipampe stated.

“During the meeting, the two Heads of State acknowledged the excellent relations between the two counties and undertook to further enhance cooperation at bilateral and multilateral levels for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. The Heads of State called for concerted global efforts and commended the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its leadership and coordinating role in the fight against COVID-19. In addition, His Excellency the President thanked His Excellency President Xi for China’s support to Zambia’s COVID-19 response.”

Chipampe stated that the two leaders agreed to continue working closely together to safeguard common interests, including on matters concerning the United Nations Security Council.

“President Lungu reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to the aspirations of the forum on China-Africa Cooperation which had yielded tangible benefits for Zambia through a number of developmental projects. President Lungu also reaffirmed Zambia’s continued support for the ‘One China Policy’ and applauded the introduction of the National Security Law that will ensure the long term security and prosperity of Hong Kong. President Lungu condemned external interference in China’s internal affairs,” stated Chipampe.