Israel President confirm inviting Sata

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) Zambia’s president is visiting Israel for what officials of both countries call a “working holiday,” but some of his compatriots in the southern African country say the purpose of his trip is unclear.

President Michael Sata has previously been the subject of speculation in Zambia. He said in early June that allegations that he was sick were false. In May, the Zambian government criticized what it called “outlandish and unsubstantiated statements” by opposition leaders who had alleged that 76-year-old Sata was tired and stressed.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Sata was in the Jewish state, but spokesman Paul Hirschson had no details on how long Sata would remain or the exact purpose of the trip. On Sunday, the Zambian government said the president had arrived in Israel at the invitation of Israeli President Shimon Peres and would meet senior Israeli government officials and business executives.

Late Wednesday, Peres’ office confirmed he had invited the Zambian leader to visit. Peres, who was in Washington at the White House on Wednesday, plans to meet Sata after returning from the U.S. next week, the office said.

Opposition lawmakers in Zambia said Sata’s trip to Israel was shrouded in mystery and the government should provide further explanation, according to Zambian media.

Sata was elected in 2011 in his fourth attempt at the presidency, ousting a party that had held power for 20 years. (


4 Responses to Israel President confirm inviting Sata

  1. Okay, finally confirmed!

    June 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

  2. teko
    June 26, 2014 at 9:59 am

  3. This story reminds me of what my grandfather said when LPM passed on. He was like ‘ I hear Mwanawasa has died whilst in Egypt. how can that be possible? because I have always thought Egypt is a place which is in heaven.’ Now I can just imagine his confusion should he hear again that something has happened in Israel.

    the psychiatrist
    June 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

  4. Let as not comment something bad againest our president SATA we have enjoyed peace and harmony in our mother Zambia and SATA is still our living president.may the lord bless Zambia and our president MICHEAL CHILUFYA SATA

    mwila emmanuel
    June 30, 2014 at 6:53 am

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