Museveni Extends Invitation To Lungu For ‘Operation Entebbe’.
PRESIDENT Lungu has been invited by his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni to attend the 40th anniversary of the “ Operation Entebbe” in Uganda on Monday.
Operation Entebbe was a successful counter- terrorist hostage- rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces ( IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976.
The country was then headed by Idi Amin.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said in an interview yesterday that President Lungu along with six other heads of State, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will attend the event.
Mr Kalaba said President Lungu will return to Zambia on the same day.
“ As you will recall, on the 4th of July 1976, the Israeli troops raided Entebbe to rescue their nationals in Uganda, and so Prime Minister Netanyahu will be travelling to Uganda to attend the occasion,” Mr Kalaba said.
“ For us in Zambia, we take this as a very opportune occasion to continue accentuating our diplomatic relations, to continue cementing our bilateral ties as well as multilateral ties with various countries and institutions,” he said.
Mr Kalaba said Government considers it an honour for President Lungu to be invited to be part of the historical event in Uganda.
Other countries invited are South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Meanwhile, Mr Kalaba says Mozambican President Felipe Jacinto Nyusi is expected in Ndola to officiate at this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair.
“ President Nyusi will arrive in the country on Sunday and after opening the Trade Fair, he will leave the same day,” Mr Kalaba said.