President Rupiah Banda last evening arrived in Libya’ Sirte ahead of Sunday’s second AFRICA-ARAB Heads of State and Government Summit which takes place three decades after the first conference was held in Egypt between the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the League of Arab States.
President Banda’s challenger plane touched down at ALQURTHABIA International Airport at 16 00 hours (same time Libya & Zambia ).
Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reports from Sirte, the home town of Libya’s President Muammer Gadaffi, that on arrival, the President was met by General Moustaf Alkharob a member of Libya’s Revolution Congress and Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) Albert Muchanga, who is also envoy to Ethiopia.
And also on hand to receive the Head of State were Senior Government officials from both Zambia and Libya .
A Guard of honour was mounted for President Banda by the Libyan Defense Forces and traditional dances were also show cased to welcome him.
Immediately after the airport formalities, the President was driven to the Presidential villa where he would stay until the Summit .
President Banda who is accompanied to Libya by Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale joins other acclaimed leaders from both the African and Arab regions at the Summit being described as a Summit of hope.
The President leaves Libya soon after the Summit .