President Edgar Lungu has described Zimbabwean dictator
Robert Mugabe as an “elderly statesman in the region who knows all corners”, saying he is “learning a lot” from him.
According to the state-owned newspaper The Herald, Lungu said this after holding talks with Mugabe at State House in Harare, ahead of the Southern African Development Committee (SADC) summit.
More than 10 heads of state are attending the one-day summit on industrial growth on Wednesday.
Lungu said he was getting used to Mugabe’s hospitality.
This was not the first time that Lungu has met Mugabe.
The Zambian leader was in Harare in February when he held bilateral talks with Mugabe just after he won presidential elections to replace Michael Sata, who died last year.
Lungu is expected to officially open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair on Friday.