THE French Government has pledged support for the establishment of a national airline in Zambia, Special Assistant for press and public relations to the President, Amos Chanda has said.
Mr Chanda made the announcement yesterday after Republican President Edgar Lungu held private talks with his French counterpart François Holland at Elyse Palace in Paris.
He said the French President proposed that as soon as Zambia was ready to take off the airline project, his Government would facilitate for technical support and staff training programmes through one of their biggest local airlines, Airbus.
“President Hollande has directed that airbus, one of the biggest airline makers will be cooperating with Zambia in the training of pilots, supply of services and aircrafts,” Mr Chanda said.
He explained that through airbus, France had committed itself to providing assistance in whatever form that Zambia would require to successfully set up and manage a national airline.
And Mr Chanda disclosed that President Hollande appealed to President Lungu to intervene in regional conflicts which could affect the influx of refugees into and around the country.
The French President however was informed that in fact, President Lungu was already involved in trying to find a solution to the conflicts through various envoys he had so far engaged .
And Mr Chanda said President Lungu would still raise the matter at the forthcoming Great Lakes Regional Conference scheduled for Angola to involve other regional leaders.
And President Hollande has praised Mr Lungu for his commitment to the rules of constitutionalism and good governance which had made Zambia a beacon of peace in the region.
“The French leader praised President Lungu for his laudable quite diplomacy he has so far applied in the Burundi crisis and political stalemate over the presidential term limit in the DRC.
The two leaders then witnessed the signing of several economic and cultural cooperation agreements.