King Mswati invites RB to Swaziland

MswatiKing Mswati says Swaziland will remain committed to the principles and protocols of SADC, which promotes dialogue as a catalyst for peace and stability in the region.
His Majesty made the remarks during a State Banquet hosted in his honour by the Zambian President as part of the King’s State visit.
He is accompanied by Inkhosikati Make LaMagongo, Prince Bandzile, Princess Temashayina, Prince Mcwasho, Prince Ncanawe and Princess Dzambile. The delegation is also formed of Mafutseni Chief Ngalonkhulu, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperations Lutfo Dlamini and Chief Officer in the King’s Office Bheki Dlamini, among others.
He thanked Zambian President Rupiah Banda for the support given to him during his tenure as chairman of the SADC Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
His Majesty also noted the importance of exchanging visits between the two peoples and also recalled that the relations between Zambia and Swaziland dated back to the time of King Sobhuza II and President Kenneth Kaunda.
“I bring with me warm and cordial greetings from Her Majesty the Indlovukazi and the entire Swazi nation. Our two peoples have always had close and warm ties that have prospered since the time of King Sobhuza and President Kenneth Kaunda who was a regular visitor to the Kingdom. These relations continued to be nurtured through exchange of high level visits and contacts with President Chiluba. This strong bond of friendship was further strengthened under the leadership of President Levy Mwanawasa, who sadly passed on a year after a memorable visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland,” he said.
His Majesty said he still has vivid and fond memories of his first State visit to Zambia in 1989 especially because it was one of his very first external visits following my coronation.
“These visits are important as they enable us to exchange ideas, share experiences and identify opportunities for cooperation and mutual growth of our peoples. It is most heartening to note that our interaction is at all levels of our societies and covers a wide scope which includes business, trade, education, arts and culture, sports and recreation, to name but a few,” he said.
King Mswati said he was very happy with programme lined up for him to tour various parts of the country.
He said this would give him the chance to see for himself the various developments taking place in Zambia.
The King said that he is looking forward to a time when he will welcome president Rupiah Banda in Swaziland so that president Banda can see for himself the rich cultural heritage of Africa’ last standing monarch.
The King sat at the high table with the queen, president Banda and his wife, former president Fredrick Chiluba and his wife Regina.
Before the banquet, King Mwasati had a private meeting with Maureen Mwanawasa and later the King had a closed door meeting with president Rupiah Banda and Fredrick Chiluba.
The two heads of state have since left for Northwestern province

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