PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Zambia stands to benefit greatly from reforms in the United Nations Security Council through enhanced peace, security and development.

President Lungu said decisions made at the United Nations affect Africa and that once Africa has permanent representation, the continent will be able to secure its interests and promote peace and development.

The Head of State said Zambia cannot exist in isolation from other African countries as she is interfaced with other nations in improving the welfare of African citizens. The President said since he assumed office, he had been worried with the pace at which Africa’s drive for UN reforms was moving.

“Like I always say, peace in the region, on the continent is cardinal for development. So representation in the U.N. Security Council will help Africa a lot” said President Lungu

Mr Lungu said the steps taken at the summit wiĺl help revitalise Africa’s push for permanent representation in the UN security council.

He expressed satisfaction at the improved attendance by heads of state at the summit and commended them for their resolve and determination to push Africa’s agenda for UN security council reforms.

The Head of State said he is optimistic that the AU summit set for July later this year will chart Africa’s prospects for enhanced UN security council involvement.

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