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President Lungu expected in Addis Ababa for AU summit

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President Edgar Lungu is today expected in Ethiopia to attend the 28th ordinary session of the assembly of heads of State and government of the African Union.

ZANIS reports that the head of State is scheduled to touch down at Bole International Airport around 16:00 hours local time and proceed to Sheraton Hotel where he will be accommodated.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta told a media briefing in Addis Ababa yesterday.

President Lungu is on saturday expected to hold bilateral meetings with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el- Sisi, Malawian President Peter Mutharika and Ethiopian President Hailemariam Desalegn on the sidelines of the summit dubbed: “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth:

Other dignitaries expected to hold bilateral talks with Mr Lungu include African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Vice President of the State Council of Cuba, United Nations under-secretary general and UNFPA executive director Babatunde Osotimehi.

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On Sunday, President Lungu is scheduled to hold a working breakfast with UN Secretary General Anthonio Guterres before attending a retreat of the heads of State and government at the AUC and later in the night meet with Zambians resident in Ethiopia.

Mr Lungu is on Monday expected to have a prayer breakfast before attending a closed session of the AU assembly and later attend dinner to be hosted by President Desalegn.

On Tuesday, President Lungu is expected to wrap-up his tight schedule in Ethiopia with a meeting on the implementation of the Common African Position (CAP) on ending child marriage which he will chair before attending a closed session of the AU assembly.

The head of State is later scheduled to attend the official launch of the Africa Center for Disease Control (CDC) before departure for Lusaka.

First Lady Esther Lungu is also scheduled to attend Organisation of African First Ladies (OAFLA) meetings on the sidelines of the AU assembly.

The 28th ordinary session AU summit is being held under the theme: Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth: