Zambia and Angola have resolved to quickly implement measures that regional SADC Ministers of Health have put in place to combat the deadly Ebola Virus Disease which has claimed over a thousand lives in West and Central Africa.
In a joint communiqué issued at the closure of the 28th session of the Angola-Zambia Joint Permanent Commissionon Defence and Security in Luanda, the two countries noted that Ebola is posing a serious security risk to regional countries.
ZNBC’s Cosmas Chileshe reports that Home Affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula has since urged security personnel in the two countries to engage in continuous consultation on movements of people and goods, cross-border trade, joint control of illegal firearms, drugs and human trafficking.
And Angolan Minister of Defence Joao Lourence has hailed the Zambia government for the commitment in enhancing peace and security along the common borders of the two countries.
General Lourence says the JPC came at a time when Angola is consolidating peace, stability, social and economic growth.
He says Angolans will remain grateful for efforts that Zambia played in the liberation of Angola and pledged his country’s support to the full restoration of peace and security in the region.
The Zambian delegation included Defence Deputy Minister Colonel Joseph Lungu, Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani, Zambia Airforce Commander Lieutenant General Eric Chimense among others.